CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Marvin Lewis may no longer be the coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, but his commitment to the city and its students remains.
Lewis' organization, the Marvin Lewis Community Fund, will continue to support Cincinnati’s children through the 2018-2019 school year, officials say.
MLCF says their signature education program ‘Learning is Cool’ will continue into the next year with the hope the program will find a new home to keep it going.
“It has been an honor to be part of the Cincinnati community through the Marvin Lewis Community Fund these past 16 years,” Lewis said. “Our volunteers and donors have made a difference, helping us achieve our mission through all of our events and programs over the years. It has been a privilege to work with our partners empowering young people and raising awareness with them about how very important it is to have an education. What we did here was something special and we can never thank those involved enough.”
The organization says the four-year scholarships that they awarded each spring at the Marvin Lewis Golf Classic will continue to be honored until the 2017 recipients graduate in 2021.
“Coach Lewis is committed to supporting these students who work so hard to make the ‘A’ honor roll,” Executive Director of MLCF Natalie Anderson said. “We will continue to encourage and reward them for succeeding in the classroom throughout the rest of the school year.”
Lewis and the Bengals parted ways Monday after 16 seasons together. The team said the decision was mutual.
Under his tenure, the Bengals were AFC North champions three times: 2005, 2013 and 2015. Lewis' six playoff appearances in the last 10 seasons are tied for fourth in the NFL.
In his 16 seasons with the Bengals he is the winningest coach in franchise history.
The Associated Press named Lewis coach of the year in 2009 when the Bengals won the AFC North Division and swept all six division games.
Lewis left the team with a 131-129-3 record. His 131 victories is tied for twenty-fourth most in NFL history.