2022年2月24日
威特后的生活

公民领导奖励

Milt Thompson ’76 Recognized For His Contributions To The 印第安纳波利斯 Community

他被称为“奥巴马先生”. 印第安纳波利斯,这对任何社区成员来说都是崇高的称号, much less an individual who resides in one of the largest cities in the United States. 然而,在76年米尔特·汤普森(Milt Thompson)的案例中,这个词很适合.

他做过很多事情. 他认识很多人. 最好的消息是? 他才刚刚开始.

In recognition of Thompson’s tireless efforts to enrich his community, 他最近接受了查尔斯L. 惠斯勒奖, which honors individuals for their extraordinary public service to the 印第安纳波利斯 community. 这是这个现象级奖项中最新的一个, ranging from professional and athletic achievement to civic dedication and philanthropic leadership.

A 1998 维滕贝格体育荣誉堂 inductee as a result of his tremendous collegiate baseball career and an emeritus member of the University’s Board of Directors and 校友 Board, Thompson is quick to give credit to his alma mater for nurturing his personal and professional aspirations.

“Wittenberg gave me four unbelievable years I can’t imagine living my life without,”汤普森说, who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles after graduating from Wittenberg but chose a law career instead. “她培养了我,让我学习, sports and arts opportunities that wouldn’t have been available to a young black man from 印第安纳波利斯. 她激励我去上法学院, 而且不是普通的法学院, but one of the best in the country – the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University in Bloomington.

“这帮助我开始了一份令人兴奋和愉快的职业. 回顾, I can say without equivocation that my experience as an All-American baseball player and student-athlete at Wittenberg boosted my confidence as a professional and convinced me I can compete with anyone.”

A successful prosecutor, Thompson has been recognized as an “Indiana Super Lawyer.” He has served the Maurer School of Law as president of both its Board of 访问ors and its alumni association, 他还被录取为法学院校友.

In 1987, Thompson was General Counsel to the Pan American Games that brought athletes from 47 nations to 印第安纳波利斯, and 10 years later he was the inaugural chair of the newly created Central Indiana Community Foundation. He also served as executive director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, 作为Hoosier彩票的专员, 他是印第安纳波利斯资本改善委员会的成员, 印第旅游委员会, 和英语基金会, 于是他得到了这份生意 & Philanthropy Award by the National Center for Black Philanthropy in Washington, D.C.

“永远把爱传出去! 多少次九游会AG登陆都听过或知道这是真的? From my time as a student when I got the opportunity to make the ‘student address’ during the Wittenberg presidential installation to my many years mentoring young people, 我一直坚信要帮助下一代. I’ve been blessed to have a platform, and I feel that I owe ‘Mother Witt’ for all she gave me. Helping to empower students to make good decisions is something I can help make happen.”
米特汤普森76

Thompson is now counsel with the law firm of Bleeke Dillon Crandall and president and CEO of Grand Slam, 一个体育, 娱乐, 以及康乐规划管理咨询公司. 他是印第安纳储备银行的联合创始人, the Major League Baseball program established to revive inner cities and provide opportunities for at-risk youth to play baseball, 和《AG九游会》, 它还支持内城的青少年棒球.

To top it all off, Thompson is known by many sports fans in 印第安纳波利斯 simply as “the Voice.” He hosts a weekly radio show on ESPN 950 titled “Playing for Keeps,这个节目现在也可以在WHMB 40频道的电视上看到, 并通过该电视台的YouTube频道在互联网上传播.

It is kind of like every 印第安纳波利斯 community member is a cherished family member to Thompson. 在许多方面, his first in-person experience at Wittenberg set the stage for his relationship with his hometown.

母亲维特在我心中一直占有特殊的位置. I didn’t know her personally until my real mother died,” Thompson said. 她躺在床上奄奄一息, 她说, ”米特, 你为什么不去俄亥俄州那所不错的基督教大学呢?于是,我和爸爸在一个周日的下午参观了校园, 他立刻把钥匙锁在车里.

“But before we could panic, we were overwhelmed with friendly faces and offers of help. 一位锁匠来了,挽救了这几乎完美的一天. I’d found my new home, and it was easy to make the decision to come to Wittenberg. 我爸爸觉得我会得到照顾,我妈妈感到平静. 这是多么正确啊.”

Thompson said he felt that warm embrace throughout his Wittenberg experience. 他用一个教授慷慨大方的故事来总结:

“After a class one day, my philosophy professor asked me to stay after class. He beckoned me to the window of his office to gaze upon the parking lot and a rather beat up old station wagon. “你看那辆车?”他问. 我说是的,他回答说‘那是我的旧车. 你想不想借我用一会儿? 你可以带它去任何你想去的地方. 等你准备好上我的逻辑课的时候再把它带回来.“我做了, and Professor Bob Long took an interest in my personal situation, 成为我的良师益友, 甚至还来参加我的婚礼. 他成了一个保护者,就像母亲维特一样.”

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Wittenberg's curriculum has centered on the liberal arts as an education that develops the individual's capacity to think, 读, 精确地沟通, 理解, 和想象力. 九游会AG登陆致力于积极, engaged learning in the core disciplines of the arts and sciences and in pre-professional education grounded in the liberal arts. 以九游会AG登陆的师资和教学质量而闻名, Wittenberg has more 俄亥俄州 Professors of the Year than any four-year institution in the state. The university has also been recognized nationally for excellence in community service, 可持续性, 和校际体育. Located among the beautiful rolling hills and hollows of 俄亥俄州斯普林菲尔德, 维滕贝格提供100多个专业, 未成年人及特殊节目, 令人羡慕的师生研究机会, 一个独特的学生成功中心, 服务和学习选择接近国内外, 一流的体育传统, 以及成功的职业准备.

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