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October 15, 2008 > Union City honors Roy Williams

Union City honors Roy Williams

By Simon Wong

On September 23, Mayor Mark Green issued a Proclamation, proudly received by Roy Williams' mother, Deborah Williams, that Friday, November 7, 2008, be known as "Roy Williams Day" in the City of Union City.

The City has bestowed the honor on the Dallas Cowboys star in recognition of his sporting achievements and in appreciation of his unfailing support for the Athletic Program at James Logan High School where he played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back and was an accomplished track-and-field athlete. Union City is one of many beneficiaries of Williams' widespread philanthropy. He was named "Man of the Year" in 2004 by the Cowboys for his community work in Dallas.

The School's Athletic Department regards its alumnus as a role model for both student athletes and special education students. Williams recognizes the value and importance of his high school education, particularly the help that he received as a special education student from the New Haven Unified School District so that he could attend college.

The footballer majored in Sociology at the University of Oklahoma. As a sophomore, he was a starter for the 2000 Oklahoma Sooners football team which represented the University and won the 2000 NCAA National Championship. In his junior season in 2001, he won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, as the nation's best defender, and the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back.

In 2002, Williams turned professional when he was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with whom he enjoys a brilliant career. The six-foot tall, two-hundred-and-thirty-five pound, twenty-eight year old currently wears No. 31 and plays free safety.

Events have been planned for November 7, 2008.

Roy Williams will be the first inductee into the James Logan Athletic Hall of Fame. There will be two school-wide assemblies recognizing the City's illustrious son and allowing him to address all the students so that they can learn about his early years and the challenges he faced. The School's Art teachers have created a mural depicting William's life from Pioneer Elementary School to New Haven Middle School and to James Logan High School. The mural will be the backdrop for celebrants to meet each other.

"That evening there will be a formal dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Tickets and tables are currently on sale. We shall officially retire No. 12, Roy William's high school number, and induct him into the Hall of Fame. We have invited a lot of our alumni, who have also achieved great things in the community, at Olympic, national and international levels, and many dignitaries, local and from far and wide," said Lee Webb, Head Track and Field Coach, James Logan High School.

Tickets for the Crowne Plaza Hotel dinner are available from Liz Serochi, James Logan High School, Union City. (510) 471 2520.

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