Whitfield to Receive Thurgood Marshall College Fund "Award of Excellence"

Whitfield to Receive Thurgood Marshall College Fund "Award of Excellence"

October 5, 2011

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Bobcats Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield will be honored by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) on Thursday, October 6, at their eighth annual "Awards of Excellence" event, which recognizes deserving individuals across the country based on their proven leadership, community involvement and professional and civic excellence, as well as their contributions to education and diversity. NBA legend and current Miami Heat Vice President of Player Development Alonzo Mourning will present Whitfield at the ceremony.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund recognizes leaders in business, health, sports and arts & culture. The other honorees include: Ophelia E. Garmon-Brown, MD (Vice President, Novant Health), Corie Pauling, Esq. (Associate General Counsel, TIAA-CREF) and Emily Zimmern (President & CEO, The Levine Museum of The New South).

"I'm very honored and humbled to receive this extremely prestigious award," Whitfield said. "Being a graduate of a member school, I’m quite aware of the importance of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the impact that it has. To have my name associated with such an influential man gives me a great sense of pride."

Glenda G. Gabriel, Senior Vice President and Neighborhood Lending Executive for Bank of America, who serves as the Honorary Chair, will host the ceremony at Founders Hall located inside the Bank of America Building at 100 North Tryon Street in Charlotte. The event will feature a strolling supper and reception followed by the awards program at Booth Playhouse at 7:15 p.m.

A talented sports executive with experience as a player, coach, agent, sports marketer and basketball operations administrator, Fred Whitfield was named president and chief operating officer of Bobcats Sports & Entertainment in July of 2006. In this role, Whitfield oversees all business operations for the Charlotte Bobcats and Time Warner Cable Arena. Whitfield earned a Juris Doctorate degree from TMCF member-school, North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he served as Student Bar Association president.

Whitfield serves on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Center City Partners and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. He also formed HoopTee Charities, Inc, a North Carolina based non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide scholarships for disadvantaged youngsters to attend camps and other educational youth based programs throughout the Carolinas. In addition, for the past 27 years he has run the Achievements Unlimited Basketball School in Greensboro and Charlotte serving more than 9,000 kids, including many who attend on need-based scholarships.

ABOUT THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND: The Thurgood Marshall College Fund named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice, was established in 1987. TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending 47 member-schools, which include public Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). TMCF's work is critical to guaranteeing our country a robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders. TMCF achieves its vision of "Changing the World One Leader at a Time" by focusing on three areas: Scholarships, Capacity Building and Programmatic Support, and Public Policy & Advocacy.