Byron Womack, a very popular assistant principal at Port Chester Middle School, died overnight, officials said on Tuesday, Feb. 20. He was 49 years old.
Details about funeral services have not been announced, but counseling is being offered to students and staff at PCMS, which is in session this week.
Thirteen months ago, Womack’s ability to “go long” was recognized when he was given the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee Humanitarian Award at a celebration of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The award recognized both Womack’s longstanding role as a mentor for children and his leadership in the Steer For Student Athletes program.
From an early age, Mr. Womack knew that playing sports was much more than just learning how to throw a football or run the bases; it was a character-building experience that would frame the rest of his life.
Steer’s mission is to help youngsters grow both personally, academically, and, of course, as athletes. The nonprofit organization and its sponsor role models provide funding and services that help student athletes make it through high school and prepare for college or jobs.
In this article by Daily voice, Womack said that he felt "blessed" to be part of the Steer team and to help it carry out its mission.
Steer started out as a pilot program in Port Chester and now is in the Yonkers school district and two schools in the Bronx.
The keynote speaker at Womack's celebration was then-state Sen. George Latimer, who was since elected Westchester County executive.
Womack, who grew up in South Windsor, Conn., was on his high school’s varsity football and track teams.
He went on to set athletic records at Iona College in New Rochelle, where he earned a degree in social work.
After college he found his true vocation, counseling high school students and coaching local teams.
That led to other counseling gigs and eventually, to master’s degrees in school guidance, counseling and administration and supervision.
He had been assistant principal at the middle school in Rye Brook for eight years, and was a guidance counselor prior to that.
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