Honoring Fred Sington

Winged Victory
Artist: Brad Morton

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“Winged Victory”
By Brad Morton
The Financial Center

“Winged Victory” by Birmingham artist Brad Morton was commissioned by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to honor the Society’s 1999 Legacy of Leadership honoree Fred Sington. “Winged Victory” was inspired by a 2nd century BC sculpture honoring the goddess Nike (Victory).



Frederick William “Fred” Sington
(1910 – 1998)
“It’s Just So Easy to Be Nice.” - Fred Sington

1999 Legacy of Leadership

Frederick William Sington, born in Birmingham, Alabama, was one of the greatest players in the history of Alabama football, leading the Crimson Tide to the 1930 national championship. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He was later elected to the National Football Hall of Fame. He became a professional baseball player, playing with the Atlanta Crackers and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Sington opened a sporting goods store in downtown Birmingham after World War II. For the next 40 years, he and his wife Nancy and their sons ran that landmark store. Sington Sporting Goods. Other new shops followed, as did a buyout by Hibbett Sporting Goods.

Fred Sington, one of our most active civic leaders, was known to many as “Mr. Birmingham” for his enthusiastic promotion of our community. He was a leader of men and women who tackle the odds and persevere. He dedicated his life to helping individuals with physical disabilities to develop their unlimited potential and participate fully in life’s opportunities and was especially dedicated to the work of the Lakeshore Foundation.