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February 16, 2023 | Basketball (M)

From left, George Lengvari, Tyrell Lamar Williams, Lauren Winters and Michael Di Grappa.From left, George Lengvari, Tyrell Lamar Williams, Lauren Winters and Michael Di Grappa.

Tyrell Lamar Williams receives inaugural Jackson Winters Award

Second-year forward Tyrell Lamar Williams is the recipient of the inaugural Jackson Winters Award, a basketball bursary honouring the legendary Loyola College coach who was inducted into the Concordia Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 11.

George Lengvari, an exceptional student-athlete who played on Winters’ championship team in 1962-63, donated $100,000 to create the bursary and preserve his coach’s legacy.

“It’s a great honour to be the first recipient of the award,” said Williams. “Recently I have learned a lot about Coach Jackson Winters and what he brought to our university and the local community.

“I’d like to thank his daughter, Lauren Winters, for coming to Montreal and sharing the amazing stories of her father.

“I’d also like to thank George Lengvari for all he does to support Concordia basketball and for making this award possible.”

Williams has played 10 of 14 regular season games to date and has been battling nagging injuries all season long. Despite the challenges, it’s hard to keep him off the court as he is determined to help his team succeed. He’s scoring 12.3 points a game and leads the Stingers in rebounding with a 6.3 average.

The John Abbott College graduate was the leading scorer and rebounder in the RSEQ cégep league in 2019-20. He joined the Stingers in 2021.

A resident of Pierrefonds, Que., he is studying in the Recreation and Leisure program at Concordia.

To learn more about Jackson Winters visit the Concordia Sports Hall of Fame website HERE