Mt. Vernon Register-News

June 27, 2014

Dedication ceremony held


MT. VERNON — — A dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting were held at the Dawson Park basketball courts on Thursday.

Walter Moore and Jamar Sanders, two former basketball players for Mt.Vernon Township High School, were recognized at the ceremony.

The newly remodeled basketball courts at the park were formally named the Moore/Sanders basketball courts.

"The city of Mt. Vernon are the ones who choose the two men because their athletic achievements and their outstanding leadership skills," said George Bryant, facilities director for the parks department.

Each of the men have an extensive list of achievements throughout their life times.

Moore was a three-time All-State selection and second leading scorer on the 1949 and 1950 state championship team that won 46 games in a row. He was also the first African-American basketball player for MVTHS and the University of Illinois.

Sanders is the all-time second-leading scorer at MVTHS with 1,934 points. He led the Rams in scoring all four seasons that he played. Sanders finished his college career playing for the University of Missouri—St. Louis and played for two professional teams while touring Europe.

Several area residents, Parks and Recreation members, community officials, family and friends of the two honored were in attendance for the program.

Lana Moore, the daughter of Moore and Irean Spells, the mother of Sanders both expressed how overwhelmed and honored they were for the community choosing their family members for the dedication.

"I think this is such great thing due to the fact that his legacy will carry on here in Mt. Vernon," said Lana.

"Just the fact that he is being honored with someone like Walt Moore blows me away because I grew up with the Moore family so this is all about family and community. We are just so honored," said Spells.