HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Bergen County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is honoring Hackensack Councilman Dave Sims on Saturday.
Sims will receive the “Julian Bond Community Service Award” at a special luncheon at the Venetian Catering Hall in Garfield.
“The NAACP is recognizing Councilman Sims for his many years of wonderful service to the children of Hackensack, particularly in the field of youth recreation,” NAACP President Anthony Cureton said.
“He is a true champion who has dedicated his career to serving our young people and helping them achieve their goals, both on and off the athletic fields.”
Councilman Sims says he is “particularly proud” of the award because of his great respect for Julian Bond.
“Very few people in American history have done more on behalf of voting rights than Julian Bond,” said Sims, the first African-American Police Commissioner in Bergen County.
“From his early days as a founder of the Non-Violent Student Organizing Committee at Morehouse College, to his long tenure as a Georgia State Legislator, to his outstanding service as the President of the national NAACP, Julian has always been a real hero to me and many other people of all races and creeds.”
Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse also praised Sims.
“Councilman Sims has worked very hard for the children of our community,” he said. “Dave is very deserving of this award and our entire city is very proud of him.”
Councilman Sims is a lifelong Hackensack resident who was elected to the City Council in 2013.
He currently serves as the council liaison to the Recreation Board. He is the Director of Hackensack Junior Basketball and started the Junior Basketball Summer League Program in 1995.
He has served as a mentor to local youth through the Big Brother program and other endeavors.