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Tigers coach, Methodist Hospital CEO named 110 Institute’s ‘Men of the Year’

The 110 Institute has named University of Memphis Men’s Basketball Coach Josh Pastner, and Methodist-South Hospital CEO Dr. Michael Ugwueke as its 2011 “Men of the Year” award recipients. The 110 Institute has named University of Memphis Men’s Basketball Coach Josh Pastner, and Methodist-South Hospital CEO Dr. Michael Ugwueke as its 2011 “Men of the Year” award recipients.


Josh Pastner


Dr. Michael Ugwueke


Tony Nichelson

The awards honor “men who exemplify excellence in mentoring, leadership, and setting positive examples for young men to follow,” said Institute Director Tony Nichelson

In addition, the 110 Institute is recognizing four Memphis for exemplary efforts in both academics and citizenship. Freshmen Tarik Black, Chris Crawford, and Joe Jackson, along with incoming freshman Adonis Thomas have been selected as recipients of the first “Man of the House” Student Achievement Honor.

Melrose High senior Thomas has a 4.0 grade point average, and black was chosen by his teammates as a leader and team spokesperson during the Tiger’s 2011 C-USA Championship season. Jackson and Crawford demonstrated maturity, leadership and consistency, “which are qualities every young man should strive for,” said Nichelson.

Pastner guided and mentored a solid group of young men, and helped them over-achieve, said Nichelson, adding that Ugwueke showed exemplary leadership in partnering with Dr. Todd Motley and the nurses of Methodist to support domestic violence prevention efforts.

“Coach Pastner and Dr. Ugwueke are the kind of men who create opportunities for others, and who guide young men to a more positive path”, said Nichelson. The award is one of the highlights at the Third annual “Man of the House” Mentoring Event, slated for Saturday, June 18th at the National Civil Rights Museum starting at 8 a.m.

Since 2009, Soul Classics 103.5 and the Memphis Radio Group have joined the 110 Institute, and a host of local sponsors to provide a day-long mentoring initiative for 110 boys being raised by single Moms. Participants receive hands-on skills to better help around the house, an orientation to “Proverbs” and the teachings of Confucius, along with a special guided tour of the National Civil Rights Museum, highlighting the Birmingham Children’s Crusade.

Selection for the 110 young male participants will start on May 14 at 10 a.m. at the Oak Court Mall. Participants must write a 100-word essay, describing why they believe it’s time for them to step up and become the “man of the house,” and provide greater assistance to their single mothers.

Previous “Man of the Year” winners are Congressman Steve Cohen (2009), and both Dr. Todd Motley along with United States Atty. Gen. Eric Holder (2010).

(For more information, contact Tony Nichelson, Public Affairs Director, the Citadel-Memphis Radio Group, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call 901-336-2399.)

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