Coy Williard – a former chairman of the High Point Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and a member of many other local committees and groups – will be honored on Saturday night, April 29 at the High Point Rockers baseball game at an event in the city that’s been designated as “Coy Williard Night.”

Williard, who’s considered one of High Point’s most notable leaders and contributors after five decades of service – and who chairs the groups running the Rockers team and the stadium – has recently been diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.

This week, a ceremony was held at the stadium where the main gate was named in Williard’s honor. (Pictured above.)

At the ceremony, many of Williard’s friends and associates attended, including former High Point EDC president Loren Hill, High Point University President Nido Qubein, former Guilford Technical Community College President Don Cameron, the entire Rockers baseball team and a host of High Point business leaders – along with  others who wanted to show their appreciation to the contributions Williard has made to the city and its downtown over many years.

In addition, stadium officials have named the area where Coy sits for all Rockers games as “Coy’s Corner.”

Hill was one of many High Point residents who had nothing but praise for Williard and what he’s done for the city.

“Coy is a great friend of mine,” Hill said after the ceremony naming the gate, “and he served with distinction for more than three years as High Point EDC chairman.”

High Point Rockers President Pete Fisch also had very kind words for Williard.

“Coy has been a cornerstone of civic involvement in High Point for over five decades,” he said. “He exemplifies what it means to be a community leader. Coy has been a mentor and phenomenal resource to me and the ball club over the last four years.”

In addition to the stadium gate being named for Williard, he’ll also be honored by the High Point Rockers at their home game April 29 against the Long Island Ducks.

Among many other contributions to the city, Williard has served on the High Point Community Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce and several furniture related entities.

He was even once named the “Citizen of the Year” by the High Point Enterprise.