Each year, Georgetown awards the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to an emerging local leader to reinforce the university's commitment to engagement within Washington, D.C., and to identify talent among the city’s most inspirational community leaders who are working to solve key issues that are responsible for shaping the city and the people who live in it. Since 2003, the award, named for the legendary Georgetown head basketball coach emeritus, Washington, D.C. native, mentor, advocate and community leader – John Thompson Jr., has been awarded to civil rights icons, children’s rights advocates and other humanitarians. In 2012, the university began awarding local leaders to reinforce the Georgetown's commitment to engagement within Washington, D.C.
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Vulnerable D.C. Children, Families Helped by 2018 Legacy of a Dream Award Winner Steve Park of Little Lights Urban MinistriesNovember 27, 2017
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