‘McDonald’s Rhythms of Triumph’ awards honor people in Triad

‘McDonald’s Rhythms of Triumph’ awards honor people in Triad
February 12
00:00 2015

William “Bill” Hayes of Winston-Salem along with Evainna Ross of Greensboro, and George W. Clopton of High Point were honored  at the 15th annual McDonald’s Rhythms of Triumph awards Friday, Jan. 30 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The winners were chosen for their outstanding accomplishments, contributions and personal sacrifices they’ve made to make an impact within the African-American community.

A lifetime achievement award was also presented to James “Smitty” Smith, who has spearheaded the program for 15 years, and is a local McDonald’s owner and operator.

Details about the winners:

William “Bill” Hayes’ leadership within intercollegiate athletics at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T), North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and Florida A&M University has gained much recognition.

He is in the Hall of Fame at WSSU, NC A&T and NCCU, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), and has the distinction of being named the MEAC and CIAA Coach of the Year.

He currently serves on the executive board of his local Boy Scouts of America organization and is on the board of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.

Evainna Ross has dedicated her life to helping youth secure better educational and economic opportunities. She launched The Sparrow’s Nest Inc. in 2008, which is a mobile service providing free educational programs directly to youth in the four largest public housing neighborhoods in Greensboro.

Additionally, she formed a leadership program called The Chosen 50, comprised of 50 middle and high school students, which empowers them to make positive decisions for themselves and their community.

George W. Clopton believes that service to the community is a priority and businesses have a responsibility to embrace and support the future of all children. He was recently awarded for his contributions with the 2013 Change Agent Award by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program.

Clopton currently serves as the secretary and treasurer of the High Point Economic Development Corporation, vice chairman of the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is a board member for the International Civil Rights Center & Museum and Greensboro Merchants Association.

McDonald’s Rhythms of Triumph concert featuring Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Bell Biv Devoe and Mint Condition.

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