Rudolph Giuliani to Recieve 2009 Tuss McLaughry Award

Former New York City Mayor and U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani has been chosen as the 2009 recipient of the AFCA’s highest honor, the Tuss McLaughry Award. Giuliani will receive the award at the AFCA’s Coach of the Year Dinner on January 13 at the 2009 AFCA Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

The Tuss McLaughry Award, established in 1964, is given to a distinguished American (or Americans) for the highest distinction in service to others. It is named in honor of DeOrmond “Tuss” McLaughry, the first full-time secretary-treasurer of the AFCA and one of the most dedicated and influential members in the history of the association.

“I am deeply honored to be joining the very distinguished list of recipients of the McLaughry Award,” Giuliani said. “AFCA’s long standing dedication to the development of football coaches and the game itself are vital to helping  football players reach their full potential on and off the field.  So thank you AFCA for all you have done and continue to do for this truly American sport.”

The 36th winner of the award, Giuliani joins a select group of past McLaughry Award recipients that includes six former U.S. presidents, seven generals, five astronauts and well-known celebrities such as comedian Bob Hope and actors Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne and Burt Reynolds.

After completing law school, Giuliani began his career as a clerk for Judge Lloyd MacMahon of the United States District Court. He then joined the office of the U.S. Attorney. At just 29, Giuliani was named chief of the Narcotics Unit and later served as U.S. Attorney. He was named, in 1975, Associate Deputy Attorney General and chief of staff to the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Two years later, Giuliani returned to practice law in New York.

President Ronald Reagan appointed Giuliani Associate Attorney General in 1981, the third highest position in the Department of Justice. During this time, Giuliani supervised all of the U.S. Attorney Offices’ Federal law enforcement agencies, the Bureau of Corrections, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the US Marshals.

Two years later, Giuliani was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District in New York, where he led the effort to jail drug dealers, fight organized crime, break the web of corruption in government, and prosecute white-collar criminals.

In 1993, Giuliani was elected as the 107th mayor of New York City. While in office, Giuliani made many changes for the city. He dramatically reduced the crime rate, making New York the safest large city in America. Not only did he improve the quality of life in New York, but also cut taxes by billions of dollars and improved the city’s business climate. He pulled the city out of a devastating recession and transformed New York City’s welfare system by placing emphasis on work rather than benefits, and cutting the rolls by more than two-thirds. Giuliani also advocated change in the education system, advocating charter schools, vouchers and reform of the cumbersome bureaucracy.

Giuliani’s innovative and energetic approach to urban governance – in issues ranging from policing to privatization – has been studied and emulated by cities around the country, and around the world.

In 1997, Giuliani was re-elected mayor of New York by nearly 60 percent of the vote, carrying four of the five boroughs.

When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, Mayor Giuliani worked round the clock guiding the City through the crisis.  His steady hand and compassion in the days, weeks and months afterwards earned him the nickname, “America’s Mayor.” Leaders like England’s Prime Minister, Tony Blair, France’s President, Jacques Chirac, and Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, all came to New York and saw first hand and marveled how he and the City soldiered on.

Limited by New York City law to two terms as mayor, after leaving office, Giuliani founded Giuliani Partners in January, 2002, quickly establishing the professional services firm as a leader in emergency preparedness, public safety, leadership during crises, and financial management. In 2005, he became a name partner in the international law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.

All of Giuliani’s hard work and agendas have earned him multiple awards. In 2001,Time magazine named him as Person of the Year. The next year, Giuliani received honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II of England. That same year, he was named as “Consultant of the Year” by Consulting magazine.

The former mayor’s most recent achievement was this year when he ran for the Republican nomination of President of the United States.

Giuliani was born in Brooklyn in 1943. He attended Manhattan College in the Bronx, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965. From there, he went on to receive a law degree at New York University Law School in Manhattan, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1968.

In 2003, Giuliani married Judith S. Nathan, then Managing Director of Changing Our World, Inc., a national fundraising and philanthropic services company headquartered in New York.

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