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Letter from Coach

Dear Friends of the Fund,

As I attend different events on behalf of the Marvin Lewis Community Fund, I am often reminded of how fortunate Peggy and I are to have been part of the Cincinnati community for these past 11 years. We’ve been blessed with great support from this community since we first arrived, and we could not have continued to grow the Fund without all the loyal and dedicated folks whom we have come to love. This Cincinnati area is filled with generous, civic minded individuals who are more than willing to roll up their sleeves to help others, and we witness this year after year at our events throughout the city. We are never at a loss for helping hands, and we hope you know what this means to the two of us and to the thousands of youth we serve.

The Marvin Lewis Community Fund continues to thrive because we understand the importance of teamwork. You know I talk a lot about being a team player and what that means on the field. But being a team player is important off the field, too. The Fund works because we all pull together as a team; it’s not just our staff, but the hundreds of volunteers who help us each year, the Foundations that award grants, the corporations who provide financial and in-kind donations, the individuals who give gifts in memory or in honor of a loved one. Each team member brings something important to the game, and we appreciate every contribution, large or small.

Our core programs continue to grow and succeed: Learning Is Cool numbers keep on climbing as more and more students make the “A” Honor Roll. These kids really enjoy receiving quarterly incentives when they make the Honor Roll, but they truly love coming to the Zoo in June to celebrate with their families and meet the players.

Each year we are awed by the applications we receive for our scholarships. Choosing the finalists is always a tough process, but so rewarding because we know we are helping turn dreams into reality for these talented and community-minded students.

We hope you take the time to browse our website to help you learn about what we do. And we hope it inspires you to become part of our team if you are not already. Remember, there is no penalty for too many players on the MLCF field!

Thanks for your interest and support,

Marvin Lewis