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TONIGHT – Ray Ewry Presentation Scheduled

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Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow US Olympic athletes


Join us for…

Strong Hand Forever: Ray Ewry & the 1908 Olympics


Cindy Eberts

Retired Purdue Professor

  • Date: TONIGHT – Wednesday, February 18th
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Place: LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • FREE to the Public

Rather than jump for the Ivy League, Anglo-Saxon-only athletic club in the 1908 Olympic Games, Ray Ewry (Layette Native & Purdue Alumnus), with his international reputation as a record breaking athlete, chose to join the New York City Irish-American Athletic Club. The NYC IAAC allowed anyone to join including American Indians, African-Americans, Jews, and Irish. As a member of the IAAC, Ewry was present when the ethnically diverse US Olympic team ran circles around the British Empire and broke the US athletic color barrier. The athletes from the IAAC outperformed everyone in the 1908 Olympics leaving us with an unmistakable message of personal courage, racial inclusion, and faith.

Come hear Professor Eberts share the stories behind this vintage photo of Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow athletes — as well as stories about Ray Ewry’s 1908 Olympic experience.

{Learn more about Ray Ewry, HERE.}


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Our Students Need Snacks!

Snacks & Supplies Needed — for 5th Quarter

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The 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program needs to fill the cupboard with Snacks for the new Summer session students. 5th Quarter needs the following snacks:

  • Cheese sticks
  • Crackers: Goldfish, Peanut butter, Cheese, Animal
  • Fresh vegetables, Fresh fruit, Dried Fruit like raisins
  • Fruit snacks, Fruit roll ups, Fruit bars, Fruit cups
  • Juice—100%, Juice boxes/pouches
  • Popcorn, Pretzels, Cookies
  • Rice Krispies treats, Granola bars, Snack bars

5th Quarter Program also needs the following Supplies:

  • Dry Erase Markers, Construction Paper, Glue Sticks
  • Facial Tissues, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Toilet Paper
  • Board Games, DVDs
  • Sports Equipment, Basketballs, Sidewalk Chalk

The complete Wish List is posted online, click HERE.

You may also sponsor an educational, cultural and recreational enrichment trips for the children to various locations like Imagination Station, a local pool, or a theme party (July 4th, Christmas in July, etc.).

For more information, call or email Cindy Haley at 765.423.2691 or

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Ray Ewry — Greatest Jumper in Olympic History


October 14, 1873 (Lafayette, Indiana) – September 29, 1937 (New York, New York)

Ray Ewry Olympics 1908Raymond Clarence Ewry was born in Lafayette, Indiana on October 14, 1873. Orphaned at the age of 5, Ewry seemed destined to spend his entire life in the tiny town. Confined to a wheelchair by polio when he was 7, Ewry exercised his legs until he could walk, and then increased their strength through his jumping regimen.

In 1890, he entered Purdue University, where he played football and captained the track team. Ewry  led the Purdue team to its first national track title ever and personally broke world records in standing high jump, standing long jump and standing triple jump (also known as the ‘hop, step and jump’). He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue in civil and mechanical engineering and taught engineering for a bit in the late 1890’s. He then moved to New Jersey in 1899 and became a member of the New York Athletic Club.


Ray Ewry accumulated his record total of 10 gold medals in four Olympiads without losing any of his competitions. No other Olympic athlete earned more gold medals than Ray Ewry until Michael Phelps earned his 11th in 2008. At his first Olympics, held in Paris (1900), Ewry won gold medals in all three standing jumps; and all three finals were held on the same day (July 16). At the 1904 Summer Olympics, Ewry successfully defended all three of his titles.  He won three gold medals apiece in 1900 and 1904 and two each in 1906 and 1908.


All of his gold medals came in events no longer contested — the standing long jump, standing high jump and standing triple jump. Nicknamed “The Human Frog” for his incredible leaping ability Ewry was a 15-time national champion in the standing events from 1898 to 1910. He undoubtedly would have earned more titles if the standing jumps had not been dropped from the AAU program for a six-year period. Ewry’s world record in the standing long jump (3.48 meters or 11 feet 5 inches) was still standing when the event was discontinued internationally in the 1930’s.

After his Olympic career, Ewry helped design boilers for US naval vessels during WWI and served as lead engineer in the building ofray-ewry the aqueduct that still brings water from the Catskill Mountains to New York City. A hydraulics engineer by profession, he competed until he was almost 40; at age 39, he made a bid for the 1912 Olympic team but fell short. Ray Ewry is known by sports writers and historians as the greatest jumper in Olympic history – a remarkable accomplishment for a kid who wasn’t expected to walk. Ray Ewry died in New York City on September 29, 1937.

Other Notable Achievements

  • Ewry was elected to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983.
  • In August of 2011, the Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors dedicated and named the new youth program center after Ray Ewry.
  • In July 2012, the Greater Lafayette community honored Ray Ewry with a monument at Lafayette Jefferson High School. All of these are well-deserved honors to Ray Ewry, Olympic Hall of Famer and local hero.
  • In August 2014, Indiana Department of Transportation named a section of US 231 in honor of Ray Ewry. US 231 along the Purdue West Lafayette campus between Martin Jischke Drive and Lindberg Road is officially known as the Raymond Clarence Ewry Memorial Parkway.

To see more pictures of Ray Ewry, click HERE.

LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center

2013-05-18 525 sign in spring 002 (2)In August of 2011, the Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors opened the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center. The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center is home to the LUM After School Program, LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, and LUM Achieve! Stay in School Program.

The opening of this new facility enabled LUM to expands its programs to focus on “narrowing the academic achievement gap” within low income families in our community. Ray Ewry’s grandson, Tom Carson, from Baltimore, Maryland, attended the dedication ceremony and shared with the attendees that his grandfather would have been proud to receive this honor. Carson asked, “Can you think of any better way to celebrate Ray Ewry’s legacy than to provide young people with the tools, education and safe space they need to grow strong and succeed in life?”

The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center is located at 525 N. 4th Street in downtown Lafayette in the same building as the LUM Emergency Shelter

Ray Ewry in the News: 

NPR: All Things Considered — Before Leaping to 10 Gold, Athlete Beat Polio. By Mike Pesca | To hear the entire show, click HERE.

Reid Duffy Chronicles — Ray Ewry, U.S. Olympian and Purdue University Alumnus

ESPN The Magazine — Ray Ewry wasn’t even supposed to walk. By Eric Adelson | To read the full article, click HERE.

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LUM Achieve! Students “March on Washington”

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“LUM Youth Trip to Washington DC”

Travel Blog — LUM Youth Trip to Washington

Friday, August 23, 2013

7 a.m.

Anthony, Lourdes, Makaylah, TK, Cassandra, Noah and Fatima arrived — excited — for the bus ride to Washington DC. They loaded the bus quickly; they were loud for a bit; then, they were all asleep shortly there after.

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Left to Right:
(Front Row) Sandra Dunn-El, Makaylah Douglas (Jefferson High School), Fatima Sanchez (Jefferson High School), Lourdes Sanchez (Jefferson High School);
(Back Row) – Joe Tylenda, Joe Micon, TK Young (Jefferson High School), Anthony Hicks (West Lafayette High School), Noah Ortiz (Wea Ridge Middle School), Cassandra Ortiz (McCutcheon High School)


Their first stop was a quick potty-break at a rest stop off the highway in Ohio.

The next stop was McDonald’s in Licking, Ohio near Buckeye Lake. Quick lunch — recharge devices — and then back on the road.

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The road trip east to Washington DC was long but fun. The students got to know each other better and learned a little bit about US history too. The students were given a handout on the bus that included vocabulary terms which related to the original March on Washington. After lunch the students were quizzed on the definition of terms like civil rights, desegregate, federalize, 15th Amendment, legacy, orator, poll tax, universal human kinship, SNCC, SCLC, and NAACP. There was an initial groan about having “school work” on the bus – but the students soon got into the spirit of the exercise. Some students initiated ice-breakers and even sang the “State Song” at one point. 

2:21 p.m.

The traffic was relatively light with only a couple of delays. It was no time before we hit the Ohio River and approached the border of West Virginia. With only two hours to go, they stopped for another brief rest break/potty break. They took a bit of a detour through the backwoods of Pennsylvania close to the West Virginia border – but the GPS guided us through. Our driver navigated the narrow, hilly roads with ease as we passed trailer homes and a Hub Cap Center – all in search of a restroom.

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The Bus Driver — “Little” Joe Tylenda

At the rest-stop, Joe Micon led the group in stretching exercises before reloading the bus.

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9 p.m.

The LUM bus arrives at the Fifteen Street Presbyterian Church in Washington DC. Church staff and Jud Dolphin (immediate past LUM executive director) greeted us upon our arrival. 

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The group headed to dinner at the Italian Kitchen on U only a couple of block from the church.

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11 p.m.

The student returned to the church and settled in for the night. Tomorrow is a big day. The plan is to get to the Lincoln Memorial by 8 a.m. Good night.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

8 a.m.

After a quick breakfast the students head out to the March on Washington.

We met up with Jud Dolphin our local tour guide and decide to take the Metro to the White House. This was the first “subway” experience for most of our students. We arrived in the area of the White House and stopped briefly to check out a T-shirt sales table — one of hundreds in DC today. We obviously were only able to see the White House from outside the fence — but it was a beautiful, clear view.

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We then wandered through Lafayette Square to see more statues and enjoy the view of the White House with the Washington Monument in the background.

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We then headed to the National Mall. On the way there we saw many more sites including the Treasury Building.

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9:30 a.m.

They soon saw the Washington Monument in the distance and headed in that direction. Once they entered the National Mall near the Washington Monument we began to realize just how big the turn out was for the March on Washington. It was a big crowd filled with energy and hope — and the students were proud and excited to be a part of this historic day.

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The students explored the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial. From the WWII Memorial they had a clear yet distant view of the program at the Lincoln Memorial across the entire reflection pool.

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They then decided to stop fighting the crowd and go to the King Memorial. To their delight the Rosa Parks Bus (the actual bus) was near the King Memorial — so, the student were able to enjoy and experience both.

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They then had a picnic lunch under the trees on the National Mall — and decided to leave the March on Washington area.

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1:30 p.m.

They headed to the Smithsonian’s Nation Museum of Natural History. This was a special treat for the students since a visit to the Smithsonian was not on our original itinerary. Interestingly, most of the students remember this museum from the Ben Stiller movie — Night at the Museum. They each had their own favorite exhibit in the museum that they eagerly shared with each other — from the Hope Diamond to the Ocean to the Mammals.

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They then headed to the Metro station but first visited the US Capitol Building.

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5:30 p.m.

They then headed to the Cleveland Park neighborhood for dinner. Jud recommended a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant — Nam Viet. Many of the students were anxious about trying Vietnamese cuisine for the first time — but when dinner was over — everyone raved about their meal.

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7 p.m.

They then attended a screening of Lee Daniel’s The Butler. There could not have been a more perfect movie for this group, at this moment, in this place. After a weekend filled with conversation and experiences surrounding the US civil rights movement — The Butler was a powerful movie to see. It was also extra special that the movie is set in Washington DC — mostly in the White House. Everyone LOVED the movie, which sparked a lively conversation for the rest of the night and into the next day.

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9:30 p.m.

The students capped off the night with a trip to the neighborhood fro-yo shop — Yogiberry. After enjoying their fro-yo and conversations, they said good-bye to Jud Dolphin and took the Metro back to Dupont Center and our homebase, the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church.

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A truly historic day for our students.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

5:30 a.m.

The LUM bus is all packed and is heading home to Lafayette, Indiana. Estimated time of arrival is 7 p.m. EST.

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9:30 a.m.

Once the long journey home had begun, all were eager to get home and share their stories with their family and friends. There were only a few stops en route to Indiana — one to a rest stop in Pennsylvania, which honored the coal miners.

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6:30 p.m.

When the LUM Achieve students arrived back home at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center — the students’ families were waiting in anticipation of hearing all about their children’s trip.

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7 p.m.

The local TV station was also waiting for our students to return to get interviews a couple of our students about their experience Marching on Washington in 2013, 50 years after the original march in 1963.

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Before they departed, the students could not leave without a couple of more group photos.

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Upon reflection, Joe Micon stated,

What a memorable trip with a terrific group of young people! “Thank you” Sandra Dunn-El, Pablo Malavenda and Joe Tylenda for doing such an excellent job of keeping the young people safe during the weekend. LUM is grateful for your dedication and energy. “Thank you” to former LUM executive director Jud Dolphin for being our trail guide while in Washington. And “thank you” to our very gracious hosts at 15th Street Presbyterian Church in DC. We learn so much about race and civil rights. We also learned how difficult it can be to exit 12 people from a Metro car at the same time!

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To see all of the pictures from the LUM Youth Trip to Washington, click HERE.

POSTED – August 19, 2013

August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s famed “I Have a Dream” speech. This anniversary presents the perfect opportunity to teach about the history of the civil rights movement and the ongoing effects of racial discrimination in our nation and communities.

The Lafayette Urban Ministry is providing 10 local high school students, who are participants in LUM’s Achieve! Stay-in School Program, the opportunity to go to our nation’s capital this weekend to participate in 50th Anniversary activities.

While in Washington DC the LUM students will visit the sites, listen to the speeches and meet people that will help them to gain a better understanding of our nation’s struggle with race, how far we’ve progressed in overcoming racism, and what important work remains to be done.

The students will leave this Friday morning, August 23rd, from LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center (525 N. 4th Street, Lafayette). The LUM students will then spend the full day on Saturday participating in 50th Anniversary activities, and return to Lafayette on Sunday evening, August 25. While in Washington DC, LUM’s Achieve! students will be the guests of the congregation of the historic Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church (more church history HERE).


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“LUM Youth Trip to Washington DC”

The students chosen to attend this educational trip are those who have shown special promise and progress through during their participation in LUM’s Achieve! Program.

The three-day trip to Washington DC, including transportation, food, materials will cost $100 for each student.

Are you able to help LUM defray these costs with a gift of $30, $50, $100 or even $500?

Click HERE to make your donation. Thank you!

Check in HERE often for updates and photos direct from the LUM Youth Trip to Washington.

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Meet the LUM Interns — Jashay Johnson-Martin

Meet the LUM Interns — Jashay Johnson-Martin

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Jashay Johnson-Martin is from South Bend, Indiana and is a Purdue undergraduate majoring in Human Services with a duel minor in Sociology and Organizational Leadership & Supervision.

As a LUM Intern, Jashay is working with Case Management, the Tax Assistance Program, and Achieve! Program. In addition to her studies at Purdue and internship with LUM, Jashay works as a youth program assistant at a local youth center.

After graduation in May 2013, Jashay will be attending graduate school to pursue a Master of Social Work (MSW), a master’s degree in the field of social work.

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LUM in the Christmas Parade of Lafayette-West Lafayette

ChristmasParade121202-LUM6On Sunday, December 2, 2012, LUM took part in Indiana’s largest holiday parade, the Lafayette—West Lafayette Christmas Parade.

What a terrific time we had at the 2012 Lafayette-West Lafayette Christmas Parade that special Sunday afternoon.

LUM’s After School Program kids rode the activity buses and waved to the passing crowds.

The teens in the Achieve! program marched along the parade route, carried the LUM banner, and passed out candy.


Even the LUM Board members and staff got in on the act! More than 50 adults and young people participated in the Christmas Parade on behalf of LUM.


Special thanks to Ernie Haupt, Joe Tylenda and Joan Low who drove the buses along the parade route down a very crowded Main Street.


After the Christmas Parade everyone gathered at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center for hot chocolate, cookies and a performance of Christmas songs by our children. It was a very special performance.


Extra special thanks to Rev. Cindy Haley, the LUM Youth Program Director, who coordinated all of the afternoon’s Christmas activities!

While enjoying the Lafayette-West Lafayette Christmas Parade, people gave Toys to LUM for  Jubilee Christmas!

Toys will be distributed the next Saturday, December 8, 2012, at one of 25 Jubilee Christmas toy distribution sites. 1,700 children from 700 low-income households will benefit this year.

More PICTURES from the 2012 Lafayette-West Lafayette Christmas Parade day activities may be found on the LUM Facebook Page.

Click HERE to view the photos — and Like LUM on Facebook!

For more information on Jubilee Christmas, please click HERE.

For more information on the Lafayette – West Lafayette Christmas Parade, click HERE.

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Holiday Office Party IDEA — Support LUM this Christmas

As the weather gets colder and the holidays get closer, many of you may be starting to plan your annual Holiday Office Party.

This year instead of doing a staff “gift exchange” at your Holiday Office Party — encourage your office staff to buy for LUM. Your office mates may purchase toys for Jubilee Christmas, books and school suppies for Achieve! and the LUM After School Program, Food for the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry or Toiletries for the Shelter. Rather than buying “gag’ gifts for each other — focus on the needy families in our local community.

Cash donations are always welcome and needed too. Donate Online.

Jubilee Christmas needs donations by Tuesday, December 4, 2012: 

  • New, unwrapped toys and clothing, suitable for ages: new born-12.
  • Gift wrapping materials: paper, ribbon, bows, and tape.

Small quantities, gift cards, and cash donations may be delivered to: LUM’s office at 420 N. 4th Street, 8:30-4:30 M-F.

Email Ron Smith at with questions or to arrange large deliveries.  Cash contributions are especially needed for expenses. You may also give online by clicking HERE.

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