Sunday, October 16, Heisman trophy winner, former NBA player, and current head coach of the Westbury Christian School varsity football program, Charlie Ward, honored Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Bowden with the 2nd Annual Tribute to Excellence award. This year’s event, attended by over 300 guests was emceed by former Houston Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy.
The Charlie Ward Tribute to Excellence recognizes individuals of distinction, commitment and faith. It is in conjunction with Westbury Christian School fundraising efforts to assist with the purchase of facilities, previously owned by the Westland YMCA, which administrators hope will soon house Westbury Christian School athletics. “I am very excited about the new athletic complex, and I cannot wait to utilize the space to further develop WCSathletes,”said Ward.
Coach Bowden follows legendary NFL coach Tony Dungy as the 2nd recipient of this award. “Coach Bowden’s willingness to help kids grow into the men that God has called them to be makes him an equally deserving candidate, and a true representative of ‘excellence,’” Ward said.
Under Coach Bobby Bowden’s direction and with Charlie Ward at quarterback, Florida State lost only two games, with the 1993 Seminoles winning the coveted National Championship. Both men were inducted in to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006, and currently, Charlie leans on Bowden’s lessons in leadership as he directs his athletes at WCS. Westbury Christian School is a private, college preparatory, fully accredited, culturally diverse school offering unique educational opportunities for pre-k, elementary, middle and high school students. The school is located at 10420 Hillcroft at Willowbend. For more information contact Phylis Frye in the Admissions Office at 713-551-8100.