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John Raleigh Mott was born in New York in 1865. At age 20, at Mount Hermon, Mott was one of the hundred students who pledged themselves to “This great work of giving all men the opportunity to know Christ.” His life work was spent in Christian service as Chairman of the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions, key organizer of the World's Student Christian Federation and general secretary of the National YMCA. Mott worked tirelessly around the world for the displaced and prisoners of war during two world wars. Mott received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in leading young people of the world.   

Leighton FordThe YMCA of Greater Charlotte established an award in Mott's name in 1996 to honor an individual or family who exemplifies Mott's ideals through longtime service to the YMCA. 

Since 1996, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has presented an award in honor of John R. Mott. Congratulations to our 2018 winner Leighton Ford.


2017  Richard "Stick" Williams
2016  Andy Calhoun
2015  The Leonard Herring Family 
2014  Dr. Pamela Davies 
2013  H. Thomas Webb, III 
2012  Bill Southerland 
2011  Ward Pritchett  
2010  The Tom Dooley Family  
2009  James (Jim) H. Morgan 
2008  J. Frank Harrison, III  
2007  G. Steele Dewey, III 
2006  The Dowd Family 
2005  Russell M. Robinson, II 
2004  Malcolm (Mac) Everett  
2003  Robert (Bob) King, Jr. 
2002  Graeme M. Keith  
2001  H.C. (Smoky) Bissell  
2000  Harry H. Brace 
1999  Thomas M. Belk 
1998  James J. Harris 
1997  William M. Barnhardt  
1996  Joseph W. Grier, Jr.