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LOUISVILLE, KY—On May 22, 2014, Custom Quality Services paid homage to NFL & UofL defensive running back Lenny Lyles with a fundraising dinner banquet where it presented the 2014 Lenny Lyles Award.

The 2014 winners were selected by a special nominating committee and received the Lenny Lyles Award trophies presented at Wildwood Country Club. The three 2014 Lenny Lyles Award winners were: Tori Murden McClure, Elwood Johnson and Don Fightmaster.

The award trophy, designed by famous Sculptor, Ed Hamilton, was presented to each of the three award recipients who were recognized for excelling in the sports world during their lifetimes and who, like Lyles, have a history of giving back to the Louisville community.

Lyles, who passed away November 20, 2011, was a Louisville Central High graduate who became a four-year starter (1954-57) in football at the University of Louisville where he was a trailblazer in the integration of the Cardinal football program.

 



The Lenny Lyles Award: Commemorating excellence in sports and community contributions in three award recipients Tori Murden McClure is best known as the first woman and first
American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also
the first woman and first American to travel over land to the
geographic South Pole, skiing 750 miles from the ice shelf to the
pole. An avid mountaineer, Tori has climbed on several continents
and she was the first woman to climb Lewis Nunatuck summit in
Antarctica. Professionally, Tori has worked as Chaplain at Boston City Hospital, the executive director of a shelter for homeless women, as a public policy assistant for the Mayor of Louisville, and she worked for Muhammad Ali to assist with early efforts to create the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. She wrote a memoir about her experiences, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean, published in 2009. Stories about Tori have appeared in more than ten books and thirty major magazines. Elwood Johnson, one of 16 siblings, 11 brothers and 5 sisters,
became a Kentucky legacy when he was inducted into the
Jackson State University Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 in Jackson,
MS. At Jackson State, Johnson was the first freshman in history to
achieve a starting position on the baseball team. Before that,
Johnson was the head baseball coach at Kentucky State
University in Frankfort KY. During his tenure he led the KSU
Thoroughbreds to 2 back-to-back appearances in the SIAC
Baseball Championship games (1999-2000 and 2000-2001). Johnson took the position of basketball coach at Shawnee Junior
High School in Louisville, Kentucky in 1970. In Louisville, Johnson
started a Softball Tournament in the Newburg Community that
spanned over 30 years bringing teams from as far as Canada.
 Don Fightmaster, an internationally well known, one armed golfer
has inspired numerous young men and women with permanent
disabilities to take up the game of golf. For over 35 years, Don
Fightmaster, known as the Arnold Palmer of amputee golf, has
been spreading the sport he loves to children with special needs,
but Don says: “those kids may not be the ones who get the most
out of the events.” He is responsible for organizing the inaugural Fightmaster Cup took place from September 11th to 14th 2008 at The Cardinal Club, Simpsonville, Kentucky near Valhalla Golf Club, the venue for the 2008 Ryder Cup. BACK TO 
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