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Stern salutes Hall of Fame’s Class of 2009
NBA Commissioner David Stern (center) congratulates basketball legends (from left) Jerry Sloan, John Stockton, Michael Jordan, Vivian Stringer and David Robinson at the 2009 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies Sept. 11 in Springfield, Mass.
Powerful Women hit the links
Fortune held a golf clinic in conjunction with the LPGA at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in San Diego last week. From left: Amy Mickelson of the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation, astronaut Sally Ride, LPGA golfer Lorena Ochoa and WNBA President Donna Orender.
Falcons executive wins NFL honor
The Atlanta Falcons’ Kevin Winston was named 2009 NFL Player Development Director of the Year and received his award before the team’s game Sept. 13. From left: Chris Henry, NFL director of player development, Winston; Falcons owner Arthur Blank; GM Thomas Dimitroff and team president Rich McKay.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (left) talks to Patriots owner Robert Kraft before the team’s opener Sept. 14. Goodell attended ESPN’s “Chalk Talk” luncheon at the Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon.
A champion’s welcome for Helfant
Tennis Hall of Famers Stan Smith (left), Butch Buchholz (second from left) and Tony Trabert (right) welcome new ATP Executive Chairman and President Adam Helfant to the Legends Ball to benefit the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Sept. 11 at Cipriani 42nd Street.
Let’s take a look at the big board
Bob Hunter, executive vice president of venues and entertainment for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, shows off Air
30-by-50-foot video board. Every Maple Leafs and Raptors game will air on the board. The outdoor videoboard is just one of the new features of Air
CanadaCentre’s $48 million expansion and revitalization.
Red Sox honored for sports philanthropy
The Red Sox Foundation was awarded the 2009 Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy during a pregame reception at Fenway Park. From left: Greg Johnson of the Sports Philanthropy Project; Larry Lucchino, John Henry and Mike Egan of the Boston Red Sox; Carlette Patterson of Patterson Sports Ventures; and Fred Mann of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.