1995: Howard Ware

As a track star, Howard Ware earned All-State and All America recognition. He named his track club the Austin Striders because he wanted it to be for everyone in the city. Its membership drew a mix of black, white, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American young people. Ware and his coaches worked on the ability to run but also instilled the sense of family, teamwork, respect, discipline, responsibility, and care. The organization also helped acquire many partial and full college scholarships for high school seniors. The Austin Striders won the 1994 Amateur Athletic Union National Track and Field Championship and Ware was honored by Governor Ann Richards. He’s been Coach of the Year five times.