Manager of the Texas Rangers, Ron Washington, Receives NABJ Sam Lacy Pioneer Award
Monday, August 27, 2012
Posted by: Aprill Turner
(August 27, 2012)
– Last week at a Texas Rangers and
Baltimore Orioles match up, the National Association of Black Journalists
(NABJ) Sports Task Force presented Ron Washington, Rangers Manager, with the
Sam Lacy Pioneer Award.
The New Orleans native is entering his sixth
session with the Rangers and has been named the 17th full-time
manager in the organization’s history.
Despite being active in the dugout, Washington has been very active in
the Arlington community since being hired by the Rangers.
Washington has done a series of motivational
speaking engagements at surrounding Arlington high schools and the Arlington
"Truly he has proven himself worthy of this award
on and off the field. Pioneers set
precedents and Ron Washington certainly has done that as the Texas Rangers'
most successful manager," said Ron Thomas, Director of the Morehouse
College Journalism and Sports Program and co-chair of the Sam Lacy Pioneer Award
The Sam Lacy Pioneer award is named for the famed sports editor and columnist for the Afro-American Newspapers, a weekly
produced paper based in Baltimore. It is given annually to individuals making
great strides in their professional career, but more importantly, creating a positive
change within their communities.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in
Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in
the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support
to its members worldwide. For more, please visit, www.nabj.org.