Denver Urban League announces award recipients for upcoming 2014 Whitney M. Young Jr. Annual Gala

September 22, 2014

Regis University is proud to announce that long-time men’s basketball coach, Lonnie Porter, will be receiving the McKinley Harris Distinguished Warrior Award from The Urban League of Metropolitan Denver (ULMD).

Coach Porter will accept the award at its upcoming Whitney M. Young, Jr. Annual Dinner scheduled for Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Denver Marriott City Center in downtown Denver. The award is presented annually to organizations or individuals that exhibit strong commitment to youth, education, community, or The League in general.

Lonnie Porter, Founder/Executive Director; Porter Billups Leadership Academy@ Regis University
Considered the "Dean" of Colorado men's basketball coaches, Lonnie Porter will put together his 38th and final men's basketball team during the winter of 2014-15.  With his 533 career victories, Porter has served at Regis longer than any other current men's Colorado collegiate basketball mentor, and has the state of Colorado's all-time best record for men's collegiate basketball.  During the spring of 2013, Porter was prestigiously inducted into the Iowa High School Athletics Hall of Fame, and in 1996 he began the Lonnie Porter Leadership Academy at Regis University—an annual three-week academic summer program that provides at-risk youth with the skills to stay in school, combat negative peer pressure, graduate from high school and attend college. The academy received a large boost in 2006 when NBA All-Star and 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups joined up with Porter in efforts for the academy, now renamed the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy. 

About The Event
More than 600 area patrons are expected at this year’s event that will feature remarks from a variety of elected officials, a video from National Urban League President Mark Morial, entertainment from Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee, and an After Party hosted by the Urban League’s Young Professionals. In addition to the McKinley Harris Distinguished Warrior Award and the Chairman’s Award, the organization will also be presenting the Al Matthews Civic Engagement Award, which goes to an unsuspecting individual who the League feels has gone above and beyond the call of duty for The League.

About The Urban League
The Urban League of Metropolitan Denver was established in 1946. Since that time  it has worked tirelessly to assist African Americans and others of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds in need who reside in the greater Denver metropolitan area with securing a first class education, achieving economic opportunity, and obtaining equal respect of civil rights by providing exceptional programs and services in a highly diversified city.

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, there are more than 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide.