Human Rights Activist Dr. Richard Lapchick to Headline the YMCA’s 26th Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast

Please join us for the 26th Annual YMCA Arthur "Pappy" Kennedy Prayer Breakfast, commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The keynote speaker for this YMCA signature event will be Dr. Richard Lapchick, an internationally recognized human rights activist and pioneer for racial equality.

Monday, January 16, 2017
7:45 a.m.
First Baptist Church of Orlando, Faith Hall
3000 S. John Young Parkway
Orlando, FL 32805

Often described as “the racial conscience of sport,” Lapchick serves as Chair of the UCF DeVos Sport Business Management Program, which encourages graduates to use the power of sports to improve lives and create a more inclusive, welcoming society.

The acclaimed author of 16 books, Lapchick has appeared before Congress, the United Nations, the European Parliament, and the Vatican. He is also a regular contributor to ESPN, The Sports Business Journal, and serves as a consultant on diversity and inclusion to leading businesses and sports organizations.

Lapchick is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Arthur Ashe Voice of Conscience Award and the Harvard Global Health Catalyst Award. He was inducted into the Commonwealth Sports Hall of Fame in the category of humanitarian along with Nelson Mandela and Arthur Ashe. Lapchick also serves on the YMCA of Central Florida's Metropolitan Board of Directors.

He is the son of legendary New York Knicks Coach Joe Lapchick who in 1950 signed Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton as the first African-American athlete to play in the NBA.

Each year, this YMCA event brings together more than 1,000 civic leaders, pastors and everyday citizens to honor the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Arthur "Pappy" Kennedy, who was Central Florida's first African American elected official.

By uniting the community in faith, prayer, and understanding, it also supports the Y's Christian-based mission to improve lives and strengthen communities.

Individual tickets: $45, Table Sponsorship: $500. 

To view a video of last year's Arthur "Pappy" Kennedy Prayer Breakfast, click here. To learn more about this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Richard Lapchick, click here.

The YMCA of Central Florida proudly presents the Arthur "Pappy" Kennedy Prayer Breakfast in sponsorship with the Southwest Orlando Jaycees and the City of Orlando's Martin Luther King, Jr., Commission.   Pepsico, Inc. is the presenting sponsor.