SBD/June 27, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published June 27, 2012
HEADED TO THE HALL: LOCOG Chair and British Olympic Gold Medal-winning runner SEBASTIAN COE is among the 24 inaugural members of the IAAF HOF (AP, 6/25)....Late N.C. State Univ. men's basketball coaches EVERETT CASE and JIM VALVANO, and late NCSU women's basketball coach KAY YOW are among the 10 inaugural members of the school's HOF. The inductees will be honored on Oct. 5 at Reynolds Coliseum (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 6/27).
AWARD-WINNING PERFORMANCE: The National Council of La Raza, a civil rights and advocacy organization, will present "JESSE" JAMES LEIJA with its Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence on July 10 during the NCLR's convention in Las Vegas. The organization said that the award is presented each year to a headline sports figure who works for the "advancement of Hispanic Americans" (MYSANANTONIO.com, 6/26)....The ECHL named Ontario Reign President JUSTIN KEMP recipient of its '11-12 Exec of the Year award and Colorado Eagles Communications Manager J.P. PUMA recipient of the Award of Excellence for Media Relations (ECHL).
NAMES: HarperCollins Publishers has acquired the rights to two books by paralyzed former Rutgers football player ERIC LEGRAND. His adult memoir, "BELIEVE: MY FAITH AND THE TACKLE THAT CHANGED MY LIFE," and a young readers version, "BELIEVE: THE VICTORIOUS STORY OF ERIC LEGRAND" are scheduled for publication in September (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 6/27)....Boxing HOFer MUHAMMAD ALI will attend a Sports for Peace gala benefit in his honor two days before the start of the London Games. The July 25 event in London will honor Ali's humanitarian work and status as a "role model on civil rights, humanity and in opposing war" (AP, 6/26)....S.F. Mayor ED LEE before last night's Dodgers-Giants game presented Giants P MATT CAIN with the key to the city in honor of his perfect game June 13 (CSNBAYAREA.com, 6/26)....Oilers overall No. 1 draft pick NAIL YAKUPOV through yesterday has accumulated 19,983 Twitter followers. Oilers Dir of Communications J.J. HEBERT said that the club "has no intention of muzzling their Russian sensation" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 6/27)....Former Florida State Univ. football coach BOBBY BOWDEN will serve as the Grand Marshal for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona Int'l Speedway (DIS)....U.S. Olympic Gold Medal-winning decathlete BRUCE JENNER will report on-air and online for E! News during the London Games. Jenner appears on the net's "KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS" (E!).