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Willie J. Stratford, Sr.DIVERSITY AWARD

Willie J. Stratford, Sr. was a devoted champion of diversity not only for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte but throughout the community. In 1998, an award was established in his name for his faithful service and dedication to living the Mission of John 17:21

That they may all be one even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us: that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me.

It was Willie who coined the phrase “The YMCA represents Christ in the marketplace.”

Congratulations to our 2017 winner Kenston J. Griffin. Learn more >>


1999  Willie J. Stratford, Sr. 
2002  Malcom (Mac) Everett 
2003  Omega Autry 
2004  Jim Richardson 
2005  Joseph W. Grier, Jr. 
2006  Mildred Gwinn 
2007  George Hanna 
2008  Dianne English 
2009  Bridget-Anne Hampden 
2010  Debra Campbell 
2011  Deb Hanna 
2012  H. Thomas Webb, III 
2013  Edna M. Norwood 
2014  Wil Brooks 
2015  Denny Hammack
2016 Nancy Young