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Roy Lee Coleman Jr. Legacy Sponsorship


Roy Lee Coleman Jr. was the first born of three children to the late Roy Lee Coleman, Sr. and Marva M. Colelman on August 11, 1958, in Jackson, Mississipi.

Coleman led the Jackson Callaway High School Chargers to an undefeated season and a State Championship win during the 1975-76 school year. No other metro Jackson high school football team has gone undefeated and won a State Championship in the state since that year. While he was a senior in high school, Coleman became the Mississippi Player of the Year and shared co-honors as the state's Most Valuable Player.

In 1976, Coleman became the first black high school quarterback to receive a scholarship at the University of Mississippi. He became a true pioneer and broke many barriers for black youth in collegiate sports in Mississippi.

Coleman went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Ole Miss. After his college career ended, he found his career calling and became a member of the Memphis Fire Department where he served until his health compelled him to retire. Coleman married his high school sweetheart, Cynthia Kendrick.

The Roy Lee Coleman Jr. Legacy Sponsorship/Scholarship fund is designed to provide assistance to challenged, yet deserving, high school students in Jackson, MS. The hope is to not only to enable them to realize their dreams of a college education, but to provide the financial and emotional support that will allow them on their quest for real success.

In honor of Coleman, his children (Joshua , Christian, Keely and Katilyn), family, friends, classmates, and teammates, we are proud to award the winner of the first Roy Coleman Legacy Scholarship to Mark Scott.

The fund is affiliated with All Sports Community Service Alumni, LLC a 501(c) (3) not-for -profit charitable organization that is supported by NFL Charities and the NFL Foundation.