Champaign City Council to discuss honoring Walter Smith with street designation


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — The Champaign City Council will discuss a resolution to designate a portion of North Fifth Street as Honorary Walter Smith Way.

It would be between Tremont and Eureka streets.

Before he died, Smith initiated a football program for black youth at the Champaign Park District. This was a safe haven from gangs.

He used his own money to help do things like buy uniforms for players, fund trips and fundraising. He also helped out with summer food programs.

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