Names In The News
Israel is "rolling out the red carpet" for Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT, who will travel there next week to "collect the Genesis Prize, a prestigious award commonly known as the 'Jewish Nobel Prize.'" The June 20 ceremony would mark Kraft's "highest-profile public appearance since he was charged" with soliciting a prostitute in February. Kraft is "scheduled to have lunch" with Israeli Prime Minister BENJAMIN NETANYAHU and "deliver the keynote speech at a lavish ceremony hosted by comic MARTIN SHORT." Organizers said that Kraft is "bringing some 60 people with him, including 15 active or former NFL players" (BOSTON HERALD, 6/14).
MEDIA VET: Arizona State football coach HERM EDWARDS is "joining the faculty of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication." Edwards will "become a professor of practice at the school, serving as a guest lecturer in classes and conducting regular discussions on sports and the media." Edwards has been "applauded for his dealings with the media and his practices of giving the media access to his athletes" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/13).
HONORS & AWARDS: Hornets President & Vice Chair FRED WHITFIELD was named the '19 Citizen of the Carolinas, the "top honor" of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. Whitfield joined the Hornets in '06, and since then has "helped Charlotte land a number of high-profile events." Whitfield is "credited with helping to broker a deal to repeal House Bill 2, the controversial" bathroom bill (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/14)....Eagles S MALCOLM JENKINS was "presented with the Community Hero Award for his service in advancing education, economic advancement in low income communities, criminal justice reform, and police community relations" at the Community College of Philadelphia Black and Gold gala on Wednesday (INQUIRER.com, 6/13)....Chiefs QB PATRICK MAHOMES was named Sportsman of the Year at the Kansas City Sports Commission Banquet Thursday night (K.C. STAR, 6/14)....ESPN's MARK MAY was named to the '19 Pitt Athletics HOF class (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 6/14).
NAMES: Thunder Exec VP & GM SAM PRESTI and his wife, SHANNON, are donating $600,000 to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine (OKLAHOMAN.com, 6/13)....Bucks F GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO on Thursday “appeared at a Kohl’s Department Store to surprise three young members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee” to give them a $500 shopping spree (JSONLINE.com, 6/13)....A game-worn jersey of Pro Football HOFer JACK LAMBERT from the ’82 season was sold for $50,131 at a “recent auction of Steelers memorabilia held by Lelands.com” (TRIBLIVE.com, 6/13)....ELIN NORDEGREN, the ex-wife of TIGER WOODS, is “expecting a baby” with former NFLer JORDAN CAMERON (NYPOST.com, 6/13).