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LOUISVILLE, KY—On June 6, 2013, Custom Quality Services paid homage to NFL & UofL defensive running back Lenny Lyles with a fundraising dinner banquet where it presented the 2013 Lenny Lyles Award.

The inaugural winners were selected by a special nominating committee and were the first Lenny Lyles Award trophies presented at Papa John Stadium’s Brown & Williamson Club. The three 2013 Lenny Lyles Award winners were: Lois Taurman, Samuel Moore and Julie Hermann.

The presentations featured special guest speakers including Bellarmine University’s Head Basketball Coach Scott Davenport and Mayor Greg Fischer among others. 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 Lyles Lois Taurman was the only athlete in the history of Bellarmine
University to participate in three intercollegiate sports – basketball,
volleyball and softball – in each of her four undergraduate years.
Following her 1983 graduation, she entered the Lansing School
of Nursing. But just six weeks shy of her nursing degree, she fell
from a ladder and broke her neck—which left her paralyzed. She
never considered giving up. She completed her degree in May
1985 – then earned a master’s in education counseling from the
University of Louisville and a law degree from the Brandeis School
of Law. She started a law practice in 1999. While in rehab, she
took up wheelchair racing, eventually making the United States
International Disabled Team. She later took up wheelchair fencing
and represented the United States in domestic and international
 Samuel “Sammie” Moore, a close friend of Lenny Lyles, is one of
Louisville’s most legendary players and coaches. Growing up in
West Louisville’s Beecher Terrace Housing Project, Moore began his
love affair with basketball at Madison Junior High School and then
went on to develop his game at Baxter Recreation Center after
school. After receiving his B.S. Degree, he went on to star professionally with both the Harlem Globetrotters and Harlem
Magicians. Moore has already received numerous awards and honors for helping develop and mentor others that went on to their own successes such as Darrell Griffith, Bobby Turner and Wesley Cox, to name just a few.
 Julie Hermann, who has served as second in command for UofL’s
athletic department, as Executive Senior Associate Athletic
Director, is now the athletic director at Rutgers University.
At U of L, Hermann’s primary responsibilities included supervising
20 sports (women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country,
field hockey, men’s and women’s golf, lacrosse, rowing, men’s
and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming
and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track
and field, and volleyball), Student Development, Sports Medicine,
Strength and Conditioning, Marketing, Development and the Olga
Peers Academic unit, as well as serving as senior woman
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