Saluting Excellence

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.

This year we are honored to recognize Sandra Jackson, executive director of the House of Ruth. Read more about this year’s awardee (new window).


Abel Núñez

D.C. Immigration Advocate Named 2017 Legacy of a Dream Recipient

November 28th, 2016

Abel Enrique Núñez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), will be honored as Georgetown’s 2017 John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award recipient Jan. 16 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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