Naming rights in the Jones Athletic Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke were dedicated August 16 in honor of area businessmen Ray Shaw and Spencer Howington.
From left: Ray Shaw, Chancellor Allen C. Meadors, Spencer Howington and Athletic Director Dan Kenney.
In a dedication ceremony witnessed by family, friends, business associates and UNCP representatives, a plaque for Shaw-Howington Concessions was unveiled.
A $15,000 gift to the First and Ten Campaign for Football and Athletic Excellence earned perpetual naming rights to one of the most visible places in the University’s growing array of athletic facilities.
Shaw owns Shaw Office Supplies of Lumberton, N.C., and Howington, from Pembroke, N.C., is a long-time employee with the successful company. The business was founded in 1987 and currently employs 12.
Both Shaw and Howington are dedicated to their communities, said Chancellor Allen C. Meadors.
“What makes this a special event is that we are recognizing men who have served their communities throughout their lives,” Chancellor Meadors said. “It is an honor to dedicate this facility to two gentlemen who have done so much for the community and this University.”
Shaw serves on the Board of the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce and as a volunteer for more than 30 years with the Lumberton Rescue Squad. Howington serves on the Board of the Pembroke Chamber and is active in the public schools.
From left Spencer Howington, Andrea Pait, Brenda McLean and Ray Shaw. Pait and McLean are Ray Shaw’s daughters and work at Shaw Office Supplies of Lumberton, N.C.
Howington, whose son attends UNCP, said he met Chancellor Meadors on a football field when their sons played for the local high school team.
“I met Chancellor Meadors at the practice field at Purnell Swett High School,” Howington said. “We deeply appreciate what he has done for the community and for the relationship we have with the University.”
Howington thanked Shaw for allowing him to share the honor of the naming rights.
“Ray is a great boss who knows how to get the best out of people,” he said. “This is a real tribute to me and my family.”
Shaw said they were seeking a way to contribute to the University.
“We wanted to help, and the University found a good way for us,” Shaw said. “It is our pleasure to help the University now and for what we can do in the future.”
Athletic Director Dan Kenney added his thanks to Shaw and Howington.
“I applaud you for your successful business model and for your philosophy of giving back to the community,” Kenney said. “This site is a gathering place for the things that will be happening in the future at UNCP.”
The First and Ten Campaign put naming rights on the block to a number of key athletic sites across the University, including: Lumbee Guaranty Bank Football Field, Sammy and Onita Cox Baseball Field, LRA (Lumberton Radiological Associates) Softball Field, First Bank Chancellor’s Box Seats and Native Angels Homecare, and Hospice Braves Club, Mac and Sylvia Campbell Wellness Center, Paul and Pat Willoughby Press Box, 1947-51 UNCP Football Alumni Locker Room and the UNCP Faculty and Staff Head Coach’s Office.
UNCP will play its first football game in more than 50 years in fall 2007 and is nearing half-way on its goal of raising $4 million for construction of a field house and other facilities.