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The Marvin Lewis Community Fund is proud to be recognized in our community and beyond for the work we do to benefit those in the greater Cincinnati region, especially youth.

Second Act Award

In 2014 Marvin Lewis Community Fund Executive Director Barbara Dundee was one of twelve recipients of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Second Act Awards, which recognizes local professionals who have taken new paths after leaving their successful first careers. Read Article.

August 2009
Steve Patterson Award

IMG_3363Coach Lewis is the first coach to receive the national Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy in recognition of the impact of his work and the example it sets for all of professional sports. The award was presented during an on-field ceremony prior to the Bengals game in August 2009 against the St. Louis Rams.

The Sports Philanthropy Project (SPP) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) established the Patterson award in 2005 in memory of Steve Patterson, the UCLA basketball star, NBA player and college coach who became known, during and after his career, for his belief in and practice of the power of sports philanthropy to make a difference in people’s lives. Patterson died of cancer in July 2004 at the age of 56.

“The Marvin Lewis Community Fund is an outstanding example what can be achieved when you combine the power of sports and social action,” said Greg Johnson SPP’s executive director. “People and franchises in all of pro sports are doing a huge amount of really incredible philanthropic work. Our hope is that this award will keep shining a light on the impact we can have as well as on the increasing number of individuals inspired to become involved.”

Past recipients of the Steve Patterson Award have included the Philadelphia Eagles Youth Partnership (2005), Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation (2006), Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation (2007), The Moyer Foundation (2007), San Francisco Giants Community Fund (2008) and the Steve Nash Foundation (2008).

“It is a real privilege to be able to join the Sports Philanthropy Project in presenting an award in Steve Patterson’s name,” said RWJF President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey. “Marvin Lewis has devoted significant resources to critical social issues, and done so in a highly strategic way. His work is having a tangible impact, and it’s a model that others can really learn from.”

The Marvin Lewis Community Fund, established in 2003, has invested more than $5 million and touched the lives of nearly 310,000 people in the Cincinnati area.

“We’re all so proud of the dedication of Marvin Lewis Community Fund and the many others who have been recognized with this award,” said Carlette Patterson, president of Patterson Sports Ventures. “We hope Steve’s life and legacy will continue to inspire sports teams and athletes who have the power to create substantial change in their own backyards.”

October 2007
Fans Helping Fans Community Service Award

The Marvin Lewis Community Fund was the recipient of the 2007 Fans Helping Fans Community Service Award presented by ESPN and Monday Night Football. The award is given to salute organizations that are committted to making a positive impact in the community.