January 12, 2018
The Black Soccer Membership Association’s Male Lifetime Achievement Award will be re-named the Lenny Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award. Taylor is a coaching legend in the black soccer community, having dedicated nearly 50 years of his life to serving the players in his community. A former North American Soccer League player with the New York Cosmos, he has coached and have been an administrator at all levels ranging from youth to professional. He was most recently the Technical Director of the Saint Kitts and Nevis Football Association from 2005-2008, and is currently the Technical Director of Pompano Beach Football Club. Taylor is also a business owner and owns Lion Quench.
“Lenny is a man of integrity and one who I admire and have known of for quite some time. I finally had the honor to meet him at the CONCACAF U-20 Qualifiers in Bradenton, Florida in November and just sitting down and learning more about his history in the sport and all that he has accomplished and given back to the black soccer community all over the world, I knew that we had to honor his name on the Male Lifetime Achievement Award”, said BSMA Chairman and CEO Justin Reid.
Usually Lifetime Achievement awards are not named after anyone in particular since they could be awarded to a male or female at any point. But the BSMA is and enjoys operating differently. Therefore, the Award Committee figured that it would be best to divide the award by gender. The organization hasn’t decided when and who the female version of the Lifetime Achievement Award would be named after yet but Reid said, “There are so many worthy candidates, Alex Scott, former English national team player who I met at the Football Black List in London, and former US national team player Brianna Scurry who we gave an award to in June. Maybe we award the name to a player who has been around much longer, though women’s soccer doesn’t have a long history as the men. Many others are certainly worthy as we continue to build relationships, but we haven’t reached out to anyone as yet to see what it would take to have the female version of the Lifetime Achievement Award named after them. We are still a young organization, not even one year old yet, so we want to continue to establish relationships by partnering with those individuals and organizations that align with our mission and values which in a nutshell is to promote and recognize blacks in the game of soccer not just here in the US but all over the world.”
The first recipient of the Lenny Taylor Life Achievement Award is expected to be announced in April.