Community leaders honored by Lewis Sports Foundation

(l-r) James Ware, Deborah Williams and Steve Winfield
Photo by Roosevelt Mansfield

James Ware, Deborah Williams and Steve Winfield were honored at the 20th Annual Lewis Sports Foundation banquet in July for their work with youth in the community.

Ware was honored with the Leo Lewis, Jr. Memorial Practitioner Award for contributions as an assistant principal at Hopkins North Junior High, his role as head basketball coach at Park Center High School, and his community involvement.

Williams received the Doris M.H. Lewis Memorial Practitioner Award as the head girls’ basketball coach at St. Paul Highland Park Senior High School and for her community leadership.

Winfield, who developed the David M. Winfield Student Minority Awards annually honoring for four decades the top 10 student-athletes of color in St. Paul, was honored with the inaugural President’s Award.

Former University of Missouri and Minnesota Vikings football great Leo Lewis III developed the Lewis Sports Foundation in 1999 to mentor and train young athletes in sports settings while focusing on educational success and leadership. Lewis is also credited with rebuilding the sports programs at Minneapolis North, where he served as athletic director.

St. Paul Central inducts new members into its Hall of Fame

Juriad Hughes (1989), Marvin Bond (1982), Darryl Smith (1981) and Mike Martin (1967) were inducted into the St. Paul Central Athletic Hall of Fame last week.

Hughes was a two-time all-state basketball player for the Minutemen; Bond was a two-time all-conference basketball player for Central; Smith excelled in football and track; and Martin was one of the state’s top gymnasts and football players.

Coleman receives Hall of Fame induction at St. Paul Johnson

Freddy Coleman, a 2006 graduate of St. Paul Johnson, was inducted into that school’s Football Hall of Fame last week.

Coleman starred for the Governors at quarterback for two years before heading to North Dakota State on a basketball scholarship.

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