The Marvin Lewis Community Fund story is best told through the voices of the people we serve. It is the story of a 10 year old CPS student making the honor roll for the first time, who can’t wait to show his big brother the letter he got from Coach Lewis. Or the student who was presented with a medal of achievement by Domata Peko after he made the honor roll twice that school year. It is the story of the high school senior who broke down in tears when she learned she would receive a $20,000 Marvin Lewis Scholarship. She would be the first in her family to attend college. It is the story of a young man with dreams of playing football being coached on the field where the Bengals play. It is the story of a young girl with a new neighborhood playground, where she can play the way a six year old should, on swings and slides, with a wheelchair ramp that lets her mom stay close.
This has been our story since 2003, since Marvin arrived in Cincinnati. It is a community story, told one person at a time, one play at a time.
Through core programs we further the Marvin Lewis Community Fund’s mission of empowering youth education in the greater Cincinnati region. Our largest program, Learning Is Cool, is an educational reward program now serving 29,500 students in four local school districts. The Marvin Lewis Scholarship Fund awards at least five $20,000 scholarships annually to local student-athletes who strive for academic excellence and show a commitment to community service. And Youth Football Camp offers 300 youth a free, three-day camp at PBS where they learn football fundamentals and sportsmanship.