The standard ebullience and vivacity of the annual Colgate Girls’s Video games which concluded earlier this month was overshadowed considerably by the current passing of its visionary chief and founder, Frederick D. Thompson, Esq. who was laid to relaxation final week, Thursday, Feb. 7.
Family and friends gathered at Brown Memorial Baptist Church on Washington Avenue in Brooklyn to pay their respect to Thompson who handed away Tuesday, Jan. 22. He was interned and laid to relaxation in Evergreens Cemetery, additionally in Brooklyn.
Thompson, 85, an achieved lawyer, was born Might 21, 1933, and grew up and resided in Brooklyn. He was a graduate of Boys Excessive, Metropolis School and St. John’s College Legislation College.
Thompson was a army veteran and a U.S. Olympic coach who turned a powerful advocate for fairness in athletic scholarships, occasions and participation for younger girls. His 40-year profession as founder and coach of Brooklyn’s famend Atoms Monitor Membership, established in 1963, impressed the creation of the Colgate Girls’s Video games in 1973, an annual observe and discipline competitors held in Brooklyn that hundreds of younger girls take part in annually.
It was Thompson’s lifelong mission and dedication to empower women and girls to realize private, athletic and tutorial success by way of common participation in well-organized sports activities competitions.
The Colgate Girls’s Video games is the nation’s largest beginner observe collection open to all women from elementary faculty by way of school and past, freed from cost. Opponents take part in preliminary meets and a semi-finals to find out finalists who compete for trophies and academic grants.
In a ready message fondly honoring Thompson’s lifetime of contributions and dedication to girls’s observe and discipline and to the Colgate Girls’s Video games, it sincerely said, “We’re lucky to have had the chance to know and work with such a rare man. He has given us all causes to smile. We are going to miss him dearly!”