Jack Twyman Award for Service Learning

The Jack Twyman Award for Service Learning is given annually to a collaborative educational team engaged a service learning project that:

  • Meets the University of Cincinnati's definition of curricular service learning (Curriculum).
  • Displays a fundamental understanding of, and consistent commitment to, collaborative relationships with community partners (Collaboration).
  • Upholds the values of respect, responsibility, and inclusiveness and displays a strong commitment to the highest level of personal and academic integrity (Character).
  • Finds creative, “out-of-the-box” ways to support organizations in our community and the people that those organizations serve (Creativity).
  • Identifies plans to continue the effort through long-term relationships after the project has ended (Care).

Who was Jack Twyman?

Jack Twyman first exemplified greatness at the University of Cincinnati as a standout member of the Bearcat basketball team. His accomplishments as a student athlete led to a career in the NBA, where Jack continued to shine as an All-Star player, followed by a successful career as an NBA analyst.

While Twyman was successful as an athlete and in business, his humanitarian efforts best exemplify the Bearcat Bond. In 1958, at the age of 23, Twyman became the legal guardian of Maurice Stokes, an African-American teammate who suffered a paralyzing brain injury during the NBA season. Despite the difficult climate of race relations and a great deal of personal sacrifice, Jack put the needs of a teammate and friend at the forefront of this life-altering decision.

In this spirit of character, courage, and service to the community, UC is proud to offer the Jack Twyman Award for Service Learning.

Call for Nominations

Do you know anyone at UC who is engaged in work that meets the criteria above? Please nominate a colleague, a team, or even yourself, so that we can recognize their work!

Nominations for the 2021 award will open early next year. The award will be presented, along with a number of achievement awards, at a luncheon on campus in April.