Fraternity contributes to memorial wrestling scholarship


Members of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke contributed another $1,000 to the Willie Mayes Jr. Endowed Wrestling Scholarship.


From left Chancellor Allen C. Meadors, fraternity advisor Tony Chavis, off-campus advisor Kelly Lampkin‘90, Athletic Director Dan Kenney, Past President Marvin Jacobs and Abdul Ghaffar ’90.

Mayes was an All-American wrestler at UNCP who died in an automobile accident days before he was to graduate in 1988. Mayes was a member of Phi Beta Sigma with Kelley Lampkin ’90 a UNCP basketball player from Fayetteville, N.C.

“I knew Willie as a great wrestler, and we stay in contact with his mother,” Lampkin said. “I still have a picture of Willie with the whole chapter. He was a great brother, and it really hurt when he died.”

UNCP Student Government Association President Marvin Jacobs who is a past president of Phi Beta Sigma said the latest gift to the scholarship is not the first.

“We raised money through car washes and step shows, and donate the money to the scholarship, the Boys and Girls Club of Robeson County and other good causes,” Jacobs said.

Retired UNCP wrestling coach P.J. Smith, who coached Mays, said he appreciates the continued support of the scholarship.

“A lot of the alumni chapter members like Kelly went to school with Willie,” Smith said. “I am pleased that we have an organizations like Phi Beta Sigma that continues to support this project.

“The scholarship perpetuates the things that Willie believed in by helping a student-athlete,” Smith said. “Willie was an exemplary individual.”

For more information about the scholarship, please contact P.J. Smith at (910) 521-6261 or email For information about giving at UNCP, please contact the Office for Advancement at 910.521.6252 or email