Koonce to receive Grand Master J.K. Lee Award for Ethics and Integrity

July 26, 2019

George KoonceMarian University Senior Vice President for University Relations Dr. George Koonce has been named this year’s recipient of the Grand Master J.K. Lee Award for Ethics and Integrity.

The former Green Bay Packers player and current board member is being recognized by J.K. Lee City Youth Martial Arts for his work to support organizations that make a meaningful and demonstrable difference on the lives of Milwaukee youth.

Koonce mentors children in the inner city of Milwaukee, helps conduct the breast cancer awareness campaign “Real Men Wear Pink,” and serves on the boards of Church Mutual Regent, Ascension Hospital in Milwaukee, and The Nature Conservancy.

“It’s an honor and blessing to receive this award, one defined by two very important characteristics that I strive to offer in my daily life,” said Koonce. “Helping others is something I am truly passionate about, and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to do the work that has changed people’s lives for the better.”

Koonce will be the fifth recipient of the award, which will be presented during the J.K. Lee City Youth Martial Arts Dinner with Friends Gala at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, at the Italian Community Center, 631 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, Wis. Tickets for the event, which will see Koonce speak, as well as a cocktail reception and silent and live auctions, are still available.

Having earned his Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies from Marquette University in 2012, Koonce remains a servant leader in and around Wisconsin. Responsible for growing awareness and increasing philanthropic support for Marian through community and alumni engagement, he recently served as a co-chair for the Toward One Inclusivity Conference, working to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds to examine barriers to inclusion, and was selected to win the Fellowship Open’s Legend’s Award, given to those working to support organizations having a meaningful and demonstrable difference on the lives of Milwaukee youngsters.

“He’s the type of role model we want to see kids look up to and emulate,” said David Glazer, President of the Board of Directors of J.K. Lee City Youth Martial Arts. “Sometimes when people become professional athletes they forget to give back, but George is one of the good guys – he gives everything he can and works hard to give back.”