Shining Knight Award

At the Queen City Classic Simul Reception, CCPF presents the annual Shining Knight Award, which was created in 2010 to recognize deserving individuals for their commitment to their communities.  Over the years, we have recognized a diverse group of people who share a common passion:  improving the lives of others and being a positive role model to the children they serve.

2017 recipient:

Carlos Dunlap

Carlos Dunlap is a defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals, but his passion and drive go beyond the football field. Through the Carlos Dunlap Foundation, he works to provide children with engaging and enriching activities to help them learn and grow.

The Dunlap Scholars program helps underprivileged high school students with ACT and college prep. The foundation also partners with Faces without Places to throw birthday parties for homeless children and with Boys Hope Girls Hope to take underprivileged children to sports and entertainment outings.

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Past Recipients

2016 – Phiona Mutesi and Robert Katende, Ugandan chess players whose story inspired the Disney film Queen of Katwe
2015 – Mike Brown
, Owner of the Cincinnati Bengals
2014 – Ed Long, Chess Instructor for the Chess in Schools Program
2013 – Rochelle Ballantyne, Chess Player Featured in Brooklyn Castle
2012 – Dr. Phil Lichtenstein, Medical Director of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati
2011 – Dhani Jones, Former Linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals and Founder of BowTie Cause
2010 – Anthony Munoz, Pro Football Hall of Famer (Offensive Tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals) and founder of the Anthony Munoz Foundation