Samuel Logan, Jr. Community Spirit Award

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Mariners Inn is proud to present the 2014 Samuel Logan, Jr. Community Spirit AwardMariners Inn is pr...

Mariners Inn is proud to present the 2014 Samuel Logan, Jr. Community Spirit Award

Mariners Inn is proud to present the Samuel Logan Jr. Community Spirit Award at this year's 12th Annual Golf Classic. This year's award is being presented to Ron Simpkins for his achievements and contributions in the community in the area of mentorship. Mr. Simpkins, University of Michigan Football’s 1979 Most Valuable Player and member of the 1980 Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl team, now leads the Wayne State University College of Education VAC (Volunteers, Administrators and Coaches) Training program. As stated by Dr. Annie Murphy in her nomination, Mr. Simpkins has “been a positive role model for hundreds of youth living in housing projects and hundreds more as a coach at Western International High School in Detroit in the sports of football, basketball and track. Over the last 15 years, Ron and his staff have provided programming to more than 10,000 youths throughout the City of Detroit.”

The award was established in 2012 in honor of the late Samuel Logan Jr., publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. An advocate and staunch supporter of Mariners Inn’s mission, Logan was an eager participant each year in the golf classic, often taking the winner's trophy.

“In his lifetime, Sam played in countless tournaments and on many beautiful courses around the world, yet he always made time to spend a humble afternoon of golf with his neighbors and friends at Mariners Inn,” said David Sampson, chief executive officer of Mariners Inn. “He personified what hard work, dedication and perseverance could yield. He was an excellent role model to the men that came through the doors of Mariners Inn.”

A respected leader in the field of radio and print media and a man who championed the needs of others, Logan began his career at the Michigan Chronicle more than 40 years ago. He is remembered as a legend in the black press, a giving philanthropist, and a true storyteller. He was recognized many times over for his numerous contributions and accomplishments. In spite of these many accolades and recognitions, he relished his most important role as a family man. A father to four children and grandfather of five, Sam enjoyed time spent with his family. The importance of education was a favored topic of conversation.

Logan’s grandson Evan Taylor states, "I want to be like him one day - a person who people listen to and respect. I want to have that and use what I have learned from him. I will be able to help people just as much or more than he did."

Although Sam Logan's wit, wisdom, and guidance will truly be missed by all at Mariners Inn, the presentation of this award to Mr. Simpkins allows his legacy to live within our hearts and the work championed by those who receive this award in his name for years to come.

Congratulations, Mr. Simpkins!

Mariners Inn salutes the 2014 Samuel Logan, Jr. Community Spirit Award Finalists:

Detroit SCORE

IMAGINE Mentoring

North End Neighborhood Patrol

PINK Detroit

Winning Futures

Sommer N. Woods