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Faces and Places: Medal of Freedom

Musial, Russell awarded Medal of Freedom

Obama and Musial
Obama and Russell
President Barack Obama presented baseball hall of famer Stan Musial (top) and basketball hall of famer and human rights advocate Bill Russell the Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 15 in Washington, D.C. Obama presented medals to 12 pioneers in sports, labor, politics and arts..

Chilling with Ice Cube at Winter Dew Tour

Ice Cube concert
Rapper Ice Cube (right) with (from left) Alli Sports President and CEO Wade Martin, GM of sales and partnerships Charlie Severn and group director of marketing and communications B.J. Carretta backstage just before his performance Feb. 11 at the Winter Dew Tour Championship in Ogden, Utah.

Tennis execs gather for Open Series meeting

At the Olympus U.S. Open Series partner meetings Feb. 15 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., from left: Adam Helfant, ATP executive chairman and president; Jim Curley, USTA chief professional tournaments officer and U.S. Open tournament director; Stacey Allaster, WTA chairman and CEO; and Jon Vegosen, USTA chairman of the board and president.

NASCAR hall hosts premiere for Wendell Scott documentary

At the premiere of “Wendell Scott: A Race Story” on Feb. 3 at the Belk High Octane Theatre in Charlotte’s NASCAR Hall of Fame were members of Scott’s family, executive producer Max Siegel (at left) and NASCAR Media Group COO Jay Abraham (at right). The one-hour documentary about the NASCAR pioneer was to make its debut on ESPN on Feb. 20.

LPGA puts its faces forward for RR Donnelley event

At a news conference for the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa on Feb. 8 in Phoenix: Front, from left: Golfers Grace Park, Hanna Atkins and Sara Brown and LPGA Founder Marilynn Smith. Back, from left: Rick Ryan, RR Donnelley director of marketing, and LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan.

Sportservice digs in at New Orleans parks

Sportservice GM
Nearly 100 Delaware North Cos. Sportservice GMs and execs cleaned and painted youth recreational facilities at two New Orleans parks Jan. 24 during the company’s annual meeting that week. From left: Arnie Fielkow, New Orleans City Council president and former New Orleans Saints executive; Steve Martin, senior vice president of community investment and external affairs for the New Orleans Hornets; and Rick Abramson, president of Delaware North Sportservice.

UFC, NeuLion shake on it

Muncey and Wagner
In Las Vegas for UFC 126 and the announcement of the UFC-NeuLion partnership for were Edward Muncey (left), head of digital media for UFC, and Chris Wagner, EVP of NeuLion.

Strat-O-Maniacs mark anniversary

The Strat-O-Matic 50th anniversary celebration Feb. 12 in New York City brought together 600 self-professed fanatics, including (from left) Bill Daughtry of ESPN Radio, former MLB pitching coach Rick Peterson of Bloomberg Sports, Glenn Guzzo of Strat-O-Matic and John Dewan of Baseball Info Solutions.

MSG show relives Mets' 'Summer of '86'

A launch party was held Feb. 8 in the studio to celebrate MSG Network’s new show “The Summer of ’86: The Rise and Fall of the World Champion Mets.” From left: Fran Healy, MSG Network host; Dan Ronayne, MSG Networks EVP and GM; Bill Buckner, ’86 Boston Red Sox player; Michael Bair, MSG Media president; and Davey Johnson, ’86 Mets manager.

Columbus dais

FOX Ohio
At the Advertising Federation of Columbus’ “Sports Marketing Unveiled” luncheon, presented with Fox Sports Ohio in February, from left: Cincinnati Reds’ Bill Reinberger, Cleveland Indians’ Vic Gregovits, Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena’s Len Komoroski, Columbus Blue Jackets’ Larry Hoepfner, Columbus Crew’s Mark McCullers and Fox Sports Ohio’s Henry Ford.

APCO catches bikes, N.E.R.D. in Dubai

ARCo group
APCO execs were guests of performer Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D. (center) at the Gulf Bike Week Festival and Expo recently in Dubai, UAE (from left): Evan Scandling and Robert Gara of APCO Seattle, Williams, Vada Manager of APCO Worldwide and Ben Steele of APCO UK.

APSE attendees meet with Pacers' Kellogg

Sporting News
The Associated Press Sports Editors recently held its five-day winter conference in Indianapolis. The group attended an Indiana Pacers game at Conseco Fieldhouse, where they participated in a pregame discussion with Pacers vice presidents and former players Quinn Buckner and Clark Kellogg. From left: APSE President Phil Kaplan; Kellogg; National Sports Journalism Center Director Tim Franklin; and Sporting News Editor-in-Chief Garry Howard.

Packers and 'Lombardi,' together again

The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers paid a visit to “Lombardi” Feb. 15 as part of a New York City media tour. From left: co-producer Tony Ponturo, Charles Woodson, Ryan Grant, Packers President Mark Murphy, author David Maraniss, John Kuhn, co-producer Fran Kirmser and director Thomas Kail.

ESPN honored for support of employees who serve

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve agency presented ESPN with The Prominence Award, for its support of employees involved in military service, at a pre-Super Bowl tailgate Feb. 6 in Fort Worth, Texas. James Rebholz, ESGR national chairman, and Jerry Icenhower, Texas ESGR chairman, presented the award to ESPN President George Bodenheimer.

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