The Wolfpacker

Sept./Oct. 2021

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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24 ■ THE WOLFPACKER BY LISA COSTON HALL ewayne and Adama Wash- ington's journey together began at NC State. From the time they met as undergraduate students, and even as Dewayne's 12-year career as an NFL player took them to different cities, the university has remained a touchpoint and a source of sup- port and community. Once he retired from football in 2005 and the couple settled in the Triangle, their ties to NC State strengthened. Both have been engaged as donors and as volunteers, including Dewayne's current term on the Board of Trustees. Adama recently has served as a lecturer in the School of Social Work and has begun work on a doctor- ate in educational equity in the College of Education. Now the alumni pair has made a $1 mil- lion commitment to benefit the Wolfpack athletics program and the College of Hu- manities and Social Sciences. Through a bequest and current-use gifts, they are giv- ing back to two areas that have made pro- found impacts on their own lives. The Washingtons' pledge is establishing the Adama Tyndle Washington Graduate Award Endowment and the Adama Tyndle Washington Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment, each of which will provide need-based awards to School of Social Work students, with preference for recipi- ents who have demonstrated interest in equity, diversity or social justice. They are creating the Washington Family Scholars Network Endowment, designed to help the College of Humanities and Social Sciences enhance diversity and be purpose- ful in its recruitment, retention and support efforts, particularly initiatives focused on the Black or African American community. That fund can underwrite summer transi- tional programming for students, speaker events, career and professional develop- ment, stipends for faculty mentors or grad- uate student assistants, and more. The gift also will name the Dewayne Washington Football Locker Room within D A TRANSFORMATIONAL A TRANSFORMATIONAL GI GIFT Dewayne And Adama Washington Make A $1 Million Commitment To NC State

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