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Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor
A PROPOSED RESOLUTION IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
To confirm the appointment of Mr. Vincent S. Morris to the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission Board of Directors.
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the " District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission Board of Directors Vincent S. Morris Confirmation Resolution of 2006".
Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of:
Mr. Vincent S. Morris
as a member of the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission Board of Directors, established by section 5 of the Omnibus Sports Consolidation Act of 1994, effective August 23, 1994 (D.C. Law 10-152; D. C. Official Code § 3-1404), replacing John J. Mahoney, whose term will end December 31, 2006, for a term to end December 31, 2010.
Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.
Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
Vincent Morris was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Massachusetts. He attended public schools and went to college at Boston University, where he graduated with a degree in history and literature. After graduation, he worked as a newspaper reporter in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina before coming to Washington DC in the mid 1990's where he met and covered then-Chief Financial Officer Anthony Williams. He later went to work for the New York Post and spent six years covering national politics, including President Clinton and the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaign. He also went to Kuwait and Iraq where he covered the war and the efforts to topple Saddam Hussein's government. At the end of 2004, he talked with Williams about serving as his spokesman. Early in 2005, Moms became Communications Director and Press Secretary for Mayor Williams.
Morris is married to Julie Asher, who also is a DC native, is a former Peace Corps volunteer, was a member of Mayor Marion Barry's Youth Leadership in 1986 and is a third generation Washingtonian whose parents and grandparents still live in the District. After living in Logan Circle for several years, they moved to Stanton Park where they bought their house. They have three children - all girls; Emma, Jamie and Cate. Emma, the oldest, attends Peabody Elementary School, where she is flourishing. The Morris' are involved in the school's Parent Teacher Association and have participated in fundraisers that benefit the instructional program.
In addition, Morris is very involved in the community in other ways. For the past two years, he has coordinated the cleanup at Eastern High School during the District of Columbia Public Schools annual beautification day. This year, more than 50 people showed up to paint and do yard work outside and inside the school on the weekend before the start of classes. In addition, Morris has worked in his neighborhood to create a local Adopt-a-Block program that is geared toward keeping the grounds near Stanton Park tidy. Morris is also a member of the Stanton Park Citizens Association, the Capital Hill Restoration Society and the Friends of the Northeast Library.
Morris views sports and athletic activity as an important complement for school-age children and has worked to get children in his neighborhood involved in soccer and other athletic activities. He also an avid runner and served on the Board of Directors for the inaugural National Marathon, which started and finished at RFK Stadium earlier this year. Morris lives barely a mile away from RFK Stadium and the DC Armory and as such, has a strong interest in insuring that local residents have a voice in the activities that take place in their neighborhood. Morris also believes that the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission can be a vital spark for youth baseball and other sports activities in the District.
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