West Charlotte Alum Honored by NBA Player at First Ever WESPY Awards

Perseverance will be Center Stage at the Student-Athlete Sports Banquet


May 7, 2014 (CHARLOTTE, NC) – Unseld “Bingo” Smith, West Charlotte High School alum and state basketball champion, will be honored for his perseverance in continuing his education after a tragic car accident in the 1990s. Bingo will be honored by former NBA star Jeff McInnis during the first ever WESPY Awards on May 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Varick Conference Center.

West Charlotte High School has created the The Unseld “Bingo” Smith Perseverance Award which will be given to a student who showcases leadership, athletic as well as academic dedication and day to day resiliency every year. Bingo will be recognized by former teammates – Jeff McInnis, Marcus Talley and Derek Webber – and then Bingo will present the award to the first ever recipient.

Bingo led the Lions to a state championship in 1991. While headed home from college, Bingo hydroplaned and crashed. The accident resulted in him becoming a quadriplegic‎. Although his recovery was long, Bingo still continued his education, kept a positive attitude and continues to live a full life. This message is important for coaches to share with student-athletes at West Charlotte.

The West Charlotte High School Athletic Department presents the first WESPY Awards to honor student-athletes from all sports showcasing leadership on and off the field. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kennedy Meeks will return to his alma mater for the awards as Jacotron Potts, founder of ICAN Empowerment Company, will give the keynote address.

Project L.I.F.T. middle school student-athletes will be recognized for displaying academic and sports excellence.

Team Charlotte; NoGrease Barbershop; A.E. Grier & Sons Funeral Ceremony of Choice and Carolina Panthers defensive coach, Steve Wilks provided support for West Charlotte Athletics and the First Annual WESPY Awards.
To attend the event or to schedule interviews contact Denada Jackson at 704.957.1447 or denada1.jackson@cms.k12.nc.us. The Varick Conference Center is located at 3165 Zion Renaissance Ln, Charlotte, NC 28269.

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