The Tyler Ugolyn ’01

Champions of Character Program

at Columbia


Our celebration of Tyler Ugolyn's legacy.


Tyler Ugolyn ’01 in his career at Columbia College was a student who made an impact on campus in many ways.  He was a spirited athlete on Columbia’s basketball team, led an effort to reach out to Harlem youth, and brought a number of his friends to a closer experience with their faith.  In short, Tyler exuded a great joy of life and a generous spirit that affected everyone who came in contact with him.


Together with the Tyler Ugolyn Foundation and the Ugolyn family, the Columbia Basketball Program will establish the Tyler Ugolyn Champions of Character Program, which will be a full-day annual program to be held each spring in Columbia’s Levien gymnasium and on campus.


The program will reach out to local youth through the communal attraction of the game of basketball.  In employing speakers and workshops and through their presentations, we will encourage local students to use their talent and interest in basketball to complement a serious academic work ethic and a dedication to a personal code of concern for others, generosity and integrity.


Our deepest thanks and appreciation to the Columbia Basketball Program, the Physical Education and Intercollegiate Athletic Department, and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

On March 27, 2004 over 150 Harlem area youngsters participated in this special day at Columbia. Speakers and participants included Columbia's Director of Athletics Dr. John Reeves, Columbia's head men's Coach Joe Jones, his staff, and players as well as the women's basketball team and head Coach Jay Butler. Special guest speakers were Hall of Famers Willis Reed and Gail Goodrich.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Participants by Year:

2004 - Willis Reed Jr. and Gail Goodrich
2005 - "Tiny" Nate Archibald
2006 - Earl Lloyd


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