Keith Smith

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Outstanding Athlete
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Keith Smith was a leader on campus and on the legendary MCC 1973 National Football Championship team. Keith completed the most tackles, forced fumbles, and fumble recoveries. That year, the team also beat Iowa Central 10-6 in the Sunkist Bowl in Yuma, Arizona. Keith earned ACCAC First Team All-Conference and First Team All-American honors. He shared that being part of the championship team and being on the MCC campus in the 70s was an exciting and important part of his life. He received a full scholarship to Big Ten contender the University of Indiana but his football career was cut short by an injury.

Keith returned to his roots in Pennsylvania where he worked for a local manufacturing company, rising to become the first African American to achieve a supervisory position in the firm. He also devoted himself to coaching youth football and volunteering countless hours at his local YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs. He has been a primary developer of local literacy programs as well as after school and weekend reading programs. He has been recognized and awarded for his time, efforts, and energy by local organizations including the NAACP, parents groups, and community organizations.