The Eric Williams Determined Spirit Award is named for Sacred Ground founder Mary Long's son, who was killed by gun violence shortly after the organization was founded.  

Since 2013, Sacred Ground has sponsored a senior who is set to graduate from Hirsch High School. He or she receives an award and a monetary stipend to recognize that he or she overcame obstacles and stayed determine to graduate from high school. In 2023, Sacred Ground was able to provide every member      of the graduating class with this Award.        

If you are  a Hirsch High School senior and want to apply for this Award, please email Mary Long at