Names In The News
Basketball HOFer EARL MONROE wants to open an "unusual charter high school" in N.Y. devoted to exposing teenagers to "potential careers in the sports industry, including scouting, coaching, nutrition, marketing, finance and law." Only some students "would play on school teams." NBA Commissioner Emeritus DAVID STERN "would be on the board" and film director DAN KLORES "would be a founder." A state oversight committee "decides Oct. 4 whether to approve the proposal." The proposal for the Lewis Katz New Renaissance Basketball Academy Charter School said that "most of its students will likely be poor and black or Hispanic, reflecting its South Bronx neighborhood" (WSJ.com, 9/13).
FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Nationals Assistant GM & VP BOB MILLER, formerly D-backs Dir of Baseball Operations, has placed his '01 World Series ring up for auction to raise money for his colleague, Nats Assistant GM & VP/Player Personnel DOUG HARRIS, who is "undergoing treatment for leukemia" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 9/14)....JORDAN SPIETH attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday to open an "all-inclusive, state-of-the-art playground" at Flag Pole Hill Park in Dallas, partially funded by Spieth's foundation (DALLASNEWS.com, 9/13).
STRONG START: The Tampa Bay Chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE) held its launch event Thursday in Tampa. WISE Tampa is supported by founding partners including the USF Vinik Sports & Entertainment Management Program, the Buccaneers, the Rays, Lightning and Tampa Bay Sports Commission (WISE Tampa).
NAMES: PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH attended the funeral of late Magic Owner RICH DEVOS in Michigan on Thursday (MADISON.com, 9/13)....Ravens assistant coach RANDY BROWN, the longtime mayor of Evesham, N.J., announced he will "not seek re-election in November." Brown, 51, has "served in the post for 12 years and will now pursue professional opportunities" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 9/13)....Lakers President JEANIE BUSS received the Champion of Business Award from the city of El Segundo, Calif., on Wednesday at the Lakers' new training facility (DAILYNEWS.com, 9/13)....NFL Cardinals President MICHAEL BIDWILL was named the grand marshal of the 48th Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade (AZCENTRAL.com, 9/13)....Richmond Raceway named its new infield media center the “Randy Hallman Deadline Room” after former Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter RANDY HALLMAN. Track Dir of Communications BRENT GAMBILL said that the naming was a “recognition of Hallman’s journalism career and his commitment to racing." Track President DENNIS BICKMEIER said that it had been in the works "probably since they started designing the center, a little over a year ago” (RICHMOND.com, 9/13)....ESPN’s DAN LE BATARD recently “became engaged” to his girlfriend VALERIE SCHEIDE, and they “plan to marry” in late ’19 (MIAMIHERALD.com, 9/13).