ASHEBORO — Organizers of the Coach Russell Murphy Outstanding Mentor Awards are asking for nominations for the 2023 recipients.
The awards, which recognize African-American male role models/mentors in the East Side Community, were first presented in 2016. They’re named for Russell E. Murphy Sr., who served in the Asheboro City Schools for several decades. He is the model for the mentor awards, having spent most of his adult life exemplifying the qualities of helping young African-American males in their development and growth as they pursued the journey of education and manhood.
Each year, local churches in the Asheboro East Side Community are asked to identify a member of their congregation to be considered for the prestigious award. Two individuals are selected each year. Recipients of the annual award will receive a trophy as well as have their names engraved on a plaque. The plaque will be placed on display in each of the recipient’s church for six months. This award is given each year during Black History month.
Gladden and Rev. Spencer established this award to keep the memory of Coach Murphy alive, for how he made a difference in their lives years ago.
The first honorees were the late Coach Larry “Putty” Williams and Coach Thomas Bowen.
The deadline for nominations is Feb. 24. Presentations will be made on Feb. 26. Nominations can be made to Willie Gladden by calling 336-706-0923 or the Rev. Jonathan Spencer at 336-302-6459.