NASCAR driver Justin Allgaier spoke at the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at the Crowne Plaza on April 28. A crowd of over 700 people were expected, and tickets were not available at the door so that almost guarantees a full house. The 28 year old driver will be there to watch this year’s inductees, and will share of his wisdom and stories from his professional racing experiences and engage with the sports fan in the audience. Aside from that, this year the Lincoln Land’s 2000 National Junior College Athletic Association World Series Champions were honored and inducted into the Springfield Hall of Fame this year.
The Illinois native is the 2008 ARCA Re/Max Series Champion and currently has three wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and one Top Ten in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Allgaier has been racing since the young age of 13 and continues to get better each year. He had a horrible start in 2015 with a crash in the Daytona 500 but made an excellent comeback just a few weeks later in Phoenix by getting into the Top Ten.
He gave an energetic and moving speech at the 2015 Springfield Sports Hall of Fame in late April. Since he is still current with the sport, it was an extra special event for all of the racing and NASCAR fans out there.
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Legendary University of North Carolina Coach Roy Williams will be speaking at the 2015 Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame which is taking place on June 22 at the Gastonia Conference Center. Ticket information will be announced at a later time. This is bound to be a exciting and entertaining event, as several winning coaches before Williams has been the speaker for this particular award ceremony. Other big names such as Joe Paterno, Paul Bryant, and Bobby Ross have been the keynoters over the past several years. It is one of the biggest honors in the sporting world that anyone can be either a speaker for or a inductee.
Williams is the first basketball national champion to speak at the event. The five-time national Coach of the Year was also named his conference’s Coach of the Year nine times, so he has accomplished quite a lot. During his first 10 years with UNC, he was the assistant coach for the team before going on to be the head coach at Kansas, and then later returned to North Carolina as the head coach where he still is today. One of the greatest things for WIlliams to look back on in his career is how many of his players made it into the NBA, which a couple dozen of them have so far.
Williams will be the main speaker for the June 22 awards ceremony for the Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame, and it should be a fun event especially since the UNC coach is still involved with the sport in present day.
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Former WNBA star Rebecca Lobo gave a fantastic speech at the 10 Annual Celebrating Women’s Athletics Luncheon at the Events Center on April 27. The event was hosted by Binghamton University, and thanks to Lobo’s participation it drew in an all-time high of attendees that totaled over 550 people. Since it’s inaugural event, this luncheon charity event has raised over a quarter million dollars for the Binghamton Bearcats Athletics Association Women’s Scholarship Fund that gives awards to two excellent female athletes each year. The focus of her talk was her telling the audience how important of a role her mother had her life, and that she really admired her strength and willpower during harder times in her childhood.
Lobo is a Connecticut native and when she was looking at colleges over 100 different schools tried to recruit her on a basketball scholarship, but he ended up choosing the University of Connecticut to stay closer to home and because their program aligned with her academic standards. After graduating, she competed on Team USA at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and brought home the gold medal for her sport. In 1997 she went to play for the New York Liberty for four seasons and then for the Houston Comets and Connecticut Sun for one year apiece before retiring in 2003.
The Olympian gave a humorous and uplifting talk at this year’s Annual CWA Luncheon, which will likely be an experience that will last in their memories for years to come.
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Former football coach, player and current president of Youngstown State University Jim Tressel gave a great speech at the 13th Annual ACTION banquet on April 23 at the St. Michael Church Family Life Center in Youngstown. He addressed around 450 people who are currently members of the Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods to ask them to help improve the quality of life in the city. The three key points that he emphasized on for everyone to do were: to feel good about who you are connected with, reach your highest potential, and appreciate how things have changed for the better and always be a work in progress. Tressel finished up his talk by urging the audience to embrace the opportunity for everyone to do something together.
The former Ohio State coach was a quarterback for Balwin-Wallace from 1971-1974, and then continued on as a coach for a few colleges and the Indianapolis Colts until 2011. In 2014 he switched gears a bit and returned to Youngstown, where he once coached for 14 years, to be the president of the university. The Ohio native might have his football days behind him, but he is far from done influencing the academic world.
Tressel spoke at this year’s ACTION banquet, and the theme for the event was “Moving ACTION from Organization to Organism,” and that is precisely what the former coach underlined throughout his talk about focusing on the community of Youngstown.
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Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current high school football coach Jon Kitna spoke at the Waxahachie Lions Club on April 28. He discussed how he is going to plan and develop the Waxahachie High School’s football program over the next few months, as it is his first year as the head coach for the school. Kitna will also shared his vision for how he and the other WHS coaches plan to positively influence the students and players on campus to succeed at their goals and achieve their dreams. As the head coach, Kitna is bringing down two other people with him this year to help with the team, Evan Brady and Mat Kitna. Brady will be the assistant head coach and Mat Kitna will be the offensive line coach.
The Washington native got his football career started at Central Washington University where he was the quarterback for three years and even led the team to a NAIA Football National Championship. He was signed on as a free agent by the Seattle Seahawks in 1996 but went on to play in in the NFL Europa league for Barcelona during 1997 and most of 1998. Once he returned to the United States he played with the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, and Dallas Cowboys until his retirement in 2013.
Kitna spoke about all the great things that the high school can expect to see happen both on and off the field this year from the players. A man with his experience is going to have a lot to offer this coming school year.
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Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis has been selected as the keynote speaker for the Curtis Frye Gala to Fight Diabetes which is taking place on June 6 at the Crown Coliseum Complex in Fayetteville. Tickets to the event will cost $40 per person if they are bought in advance, or $50 at the door on the day of the event. The gala is expected to begin right at 6 p.m. and go until about 11 p.m., it will be a lot of fun if you are in the area to attend!
The four-time Olympian was an active athlete from 1979 through 1996, and participated in the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic games in four different track and field events. By the time he retired he had earned nine gold medals and one silver medal, and was named the “Olympian of the Century” by Sports Illustrated magazine. In addition to that, he is a multiple gold medalist winner from the World Championships, Pan American Games and the Goodwill Games. What’s interesting is that Lewis was drafted to both the NBA and NFL in 1984, despite not having any experience in either sport. He declined to play basketball and football professionally.
Lewis will be the main speaker for this year’s summer Curtis Frye Gala, and he is expected to draw in quite a large crowd to attend the event and hear what he has to say. He likely will talk about how his passion and drive for running and jumping played an important role in his success, because that is the best motivator out there.
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Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas took some time on April 13 to take the game of basketball back to basics as he visited with the Boys & Girls Club of Waltham, Massachusetts. The 5 foot 9 athlete showed up as a surprise guest to hang over with over 100 children that day to shoot hoops, work on their defensive game, and give out dozens of high fives to the young players. Thomas wasn’t there just to have some fun, but to also tell his little admirers that it is important to never doubt yourself and believe that you can’t do something. The kids were so delighted that he showed up to their facility that many of them were stunned and beyond excited to see one of their state’s professional basketball players.
Thomas was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, and even went to college at the University of Washington in Seattle where he played the sport for three years for the Huskies. He was picked up in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings where he spent three seasons, before going to the Phoenix Suns for one more, and now he is on the roster of the popular Boston Celtics. His career in basketball is still fairly young, so it is without doubt that we will be seeing a lot more out of him in the next few years.
The Boston Celtic decided to pop in on the Waltham chapter of the Boys & Girls Club to surprise the young fans with a day of playing and learning that they will never forget.
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The head coach of the Mount Doug Rams Mark Townsend was named the Scholastic Coach of the Year at the annual B.C. Lions Orange Helmet Awards on April 14 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. Townsend was both humbled and grateful to receive such an award, but one of the biggest highlights of the evening is that the keynote speaker was none other than the former CFL and NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia who gave an encouraging and uplifting talk to all of those who came to honor their local sports hero, Townsend.
The four-time Pro Bowl player and CFL four-time West Division All-Star played for the Calgary Stamperders for four years before switching over to the NFL. During his time playing American football, Garcia was a part of a number of teams such as the San Francisco 49s, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles and the Houston Texans. With such a colorful background in the sport, the California native had a lot to offer his listeners in talking about his experiences on and off the field.
Garcia was chosen to be the keynote speaker for this year’s Coach of the Year in Vancouver, Mark Townsend, who could definitely relate to the player both through sport and their adversity applied to it.
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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be hosting a two-day football camp on May 14-15 for military dependents on Fort Bragg. This free camp is a great way to give back to the children of the men and women who are serving overseas in dangerous areas, as this is an event only for dependents of active military members. Registration began on March 30, and the camp will take place from 5-8:30 p.m. for both of the two days at the Youth Sports office in the Soldier Support Center. This will be a great opportunity for kids to learn about football and throw a ball around with one of the current greats in the NFL.
The eight-time Pro Bowl player was selected to play for the Arizona Cardinals in the 2004 NFL Draft and has been with the team ever since, as he is one of their star players that has truly come to shine over the years. In 2008 not only was he a NFC Champion, but he also was the NFC receiving yards leader that wowed the fans as they watched him take the ball on some great runs. Fitzgerald’s father is a sports writer for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder and is known to be the only man to cover his own son at a Super Bowl when the Cardinals competed for the title against the Steelers.
The wide receiver is giving the men and women of the armed services a very kind gesture by teaching their children some football skills and to allow them to take their minds off their absent parents for a couple hours, it should be a great event.
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Former NBA player Chris Herren visited Taylor County on April 11 to share his story with kids about his sports career and chronic drug abuse. The 1994 McDonald’s All American told the children about how horrible substance use can be, especially if you have a lot of good things going for you in your life. The talk was both informative and personal to the youngsters, as they were able to get the perspective from someone who had it all.
Herren was a basketball star during his college years at Boston College, but he failed a couple drug tests and transferred to Fresno State. His fresh start was going well for the most part until the Gatorade Player of the Year failed yet another drug test and was sent to rehabilitation for four weeks before he could return to the team. After graduating he was selected as the 33rd overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 1999 NBA Draft. He spent the next two years with the Denver and Boston teams before going overseas to pursue a basketball career in a number of countries like China, Turkey, Italy, Poland, and Iran.
In 2004, Herren got the wake-up call of his lifetime as he nearly killed himself in a car accident after using some crystal meth and then driving into a utility pole. The paramedics actually pronounced him dead for 30 seconds, but he came back to life and got a whole new perspective on his behavior. This experience with drugs and how it almost ruined his life has made him a changed man, and he travels around the country to share his story. The kids in Taylor County were some of those who got to hear him speak, and hopefully it will help them make better decisions in the future.
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