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MEDFORD, OREGON — The Jackson County Board of Commissioners honored Manny Crump with the 2016 Chairman’s Award at their regular meeting on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. The recipient of this annual award is selected by the acting Board Chair and recognizes a local resident whose lifetime achievements have gone above and beyond the responsibilities of good citizenship in making a profound difference in people’s lives in Jackson County.
“Mr. Crump (Manny) is receiving this prestigious award because service to the youth of our community is a way of life for him,” shared Commissioners Rick Dyer, Board Chair.
Manny’s love of basketball began in Southern California where he played ball for Duarte High School in Los Angeles. After high school graduation, he played three years at Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls and then one year at SOSC (now SOU) in Ashland. Manny received many awards and accolades including having his jersey #21 retired at Duarte High School, MVP Evergreen Conference, NAIA National Player of the Week, All Northwest team, and made the Top 20 List for the NBA Lakers team in the Summer Pro-Am League. He has also received the 25 Years of Service Award from the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association.
After moving to Southern Oregon in 1977, Manny has held coaching positions at many of our areas schools including Ashland High School, McLoughlin Middle School, and St. Mary’s High School; most of these while developing and organizing his own local basketball league. Needless to say the number of lives Manny has touched is enumerable.
Manny Crump realized Southern Oregon had very few opportunities for young people to play basketball. He began finding players to play against each other; in 1985 he started the MBA Basketball League with six teams. Since its inception this program has grown to encompass 140 teams participating year round. This program has focused on improving the fundamental skills of boys and girls ages 7-18 through year-round academy, clinics, camps, individual instruction and leagues. He also started basketball leagues at Kid’s Unlimited in 2005 and organized the First Annual Mail Tribune All Star game there. These children have truly benefited from having Manny to inspire them, not only as a player, but as a leader. For the last 25 years Manny has shared his love for this sport and helped to build character, inspire confidence, and teach respect to the youth of our community.
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