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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
SportsMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Academic Administrator
High School Basketball Coach
High School Volleyball Coach

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Maroon
Favorite Food:
Greek, Green Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South of Spain
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/12/1930
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
SportsMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Academic Administrator
High School Basketball Coach
High School Volleyball Coach

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Maroon
Favorite Food:
Greek, Green Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South of Spain
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/12/1930
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Educator, youth organizer, championship coach, and sports authority Larry Hawkins was born on December 12, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. The Wabash YMCA, the Southside Boys Club and Phillips High School formed a “golden triangle” of athletic activity for youth in his neighborhood. Hawkins attended Douglas Elementary School and graduated from Phillips High School, where he was a star basketball player in 1948. He received an A.A. degree from Wilson Junior College in 1950. Hawkins served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He acquired his B.S. degree from George Williams College in 1956, his M.S. degree in 1972 from George Williams, another M.S. degree from Roosevelt University in 1980 and his Ed.D. from the University of Illinois in 1986.

As coach for Chicago’s Carver High School, Hawkins’ 1962 team featured future NBA champion, Cazzie Russell. This team lost the Illinois state championship by one point. In 1963, Hawkins cultivated the clutch potential in unknown sophomore Anthony Smedley, who hit a shot with five seconds left on the clock to clinch the championship. He coached volleyball at Hyde Park High School and advocated for girls athletics. Hawkins founded the Institute for Athletics and Education in 1972. Through this effort, he prepared hundreds of students to move on to college. Hawkins also founded the Parent Athletic Support Team and the National Parents Committee on Youth Sports. He served with Big Buddies Youth Services, Concerned Coaches of Chicago, the Educational Advisory Committee of the Urban League, the U.S. Olympic Committee on Youth Identification and the First Congressional District Legislative Council, among others. As director of the Office of Special Programs at the University of Chicago, Hawkins steered at risk youth towards college, while acting as mentor, counselor, and teacher.

Hawkins, who lived in Chicago, was sought nationally as an authority on African Americans in sports and has published widely. In 1984, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from George Williams College.

Hawkins passed away on January 30, 2009 at the age of 78.

Hawkins was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 2, 2003.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Larry Hawkins' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Larry Hawkins lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Larry Hawkins describes his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Larry Hawkins briefly describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Larry Hawkins talks briefly about his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Larry Hawkins remembers his maternal grandfather and talks about inheriting the square-dance calling tradition
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Larry Hawkins describes his maternal grandmother and spending time with his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Larry Hawkins briefly describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Larry Hawkins talks about his family's migration to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Larry Hawkins describes the sights and sounds of his childhood neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Larry Hawkins describes the sights and sounds of his childhood neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Larry Hawkins talks briefly about gang activity in his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Larry Hawkins describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Larry Hawkins describes his experience at Stephen A. Douglas Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Larry Hawkins remembers his teachers at Stephen A. Douglas Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Larry Hawkins describes attending Olivet Baptist Church and Allen Temple AME Church in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Larry Hawkins talks about the tradition of square dancing in Chicago's African American communities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Larry Hawkins describes his experience at Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Larry Hawkins remembers playing basketball at Wendell Phillips Academy High School and with the Hartzell United Methodist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Larry Hawkins talks about the emergence of the Chicago Area Project delinquency prevention program
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Larry Hawkins talks about attending Woodrow Wilson Junior College in Chicago, Illinois and becoming one of Carson Pirie Scott's first black hires
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Larry Hawkins explains why he chose to attend George Williams College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Larry Hawkins describes his experience as an undergraduate student at George Williams College Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Larry Hawkins talks about volleyball at George Williams College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Larry Hawkins talks about lasting friendships he developed studying at George Williams College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Larry Hawkins remembers Dr. Karl Zerfoss of George Williams College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Larry Hawkins talks about being drafted into the United States Army in 1953
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Larry Hawkins describes joining the faculty at Carver High School in Chicago, Illinois as a physical education instructor and basketball coach
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Larry Hawkins talks about coaching basketball at Carver High School and the legacy of basketball at Wendell Phillips Academy High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Larry Hawkins describes his coaching strategy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Larry Hawkins describes his coaching strategy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Larry Hawkins remembers coaching former NBA player Cazzie Russell at Carver High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Larry Hawkins talks about the players on the 1962 Carver High School basketball team that were recruited by colleges
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Larry Hawkins remembers the IHSA state championship game between Carver High School and Stephen Decatur High School out of Decatur, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Larry Hawkins remembers losing to Theodore Roosevelt High School out of Gary, Indiana, coached by Louis "Bo" Mallard
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Larry Hawkins talks about memorable games the Carver High School Boys Basketball team played during the 1963 season
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Larry Hawkins describes winning the IHSA boys basketball championship in 1963
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Larry Hawkins talks about where members of the 1963 Carver High School basketball team went post-graduation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Larry Hawkins talks about Altgeld Gardens and Mayor Richard J. Daley's support of the Carver High School basketball team
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Larry Hawkins remembers his former player, Bishop Robert Lewis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Larry Hawkins talks about how 1960s American politics affected high school students in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Larry Hawkins reflects upon his coaching career in high school sports and the sports community in Altgeld Gardens Homes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Larry Hawkins talks about joining the faculty of the University of Chicago as director in the Office of Special Programs in 1968
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Larry Hawkins talks about tension between the University of Chicago and the Woodlawn and Hyde Park neighborhoods on Chicago, Illinois' South Side
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Larry Hawkins describes youth programming and initiatives in support of at-risk youth at the University of Chicago, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Larry Hawkins Larry Hawkins describes youth programming and initiatives in support of at-risk youth at the University of Chicago, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Larry Hawkins talks about field trips hosted by the Office of Special Programs at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Larry Hawkins describes his most rewarding moments in the Office of Special Programs at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Larry Hawkins describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Larry Hawkins talks about earning a doctorate degree in early childhood education from the University of Illinois in 1980
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Larry Hawkins reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Larry Hawkins describes how he would like to be remembered