Faces and Places
Community MVP Awards
|Max Wallack of Natick, Mass., a Boston University student and the 2014 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award grand prize winner, poses with Tom Brady, Andre Tippett, Robert Kraft, Jerod Mayo and Joe Andruzzi on the Gillette Stadium field. Wallack received a $25,000 grant for his organization, Puzzles To Remember, which provides a line of therapeutic puzzles made specifically to meet the needs of Alzheimer’s patients. Each Community MVP received grants for their respective nonprofit organizations from the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. Fifteen New England-based organizations were presented with $5,000 grants in honor of their volunteers’ work, and 10 others received grants of $10,000.
NFF hall inducts New Jersey’s Christie
|Members of the National Football Foundation board of directors joined New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie before his induction into the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame at the New York Hilton Midtown on June 4: General Electric’s Jeff Immelt, CBS’s Jack Ford, Hampshire Real Estate Cos.’ Jon Hanson, Christie, the NFF’s Steve Hatchell, former Boston College AD Gene DeFilippo and the Big Ten’s Jim Delany.
Father of the Year
|Bob Gutkowski, partner at Innovative Sports & Entertainment, was honored as a Father of Year by the American Diabetes Association during a ceremony June 4 at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, N.Y. From left: Tara Gutkowski Schwartz of the NBA, Bob Gutkowski, Matt Gutkowski of the rEal Group.
At play in San Antonio
|NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and Spurs general manager R.C. Buford cut the ribbon June 6 to officially open the NBA Cares Learn & Play Center in San Antonio as part of activities around the NBA Finals.
Driving at FedEx pro-am
|At pro-am day at the FedEx St. Jude Classic on June 4: NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze, professional golfer David Duval, FedEx’s Mike Glenn, NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
At Game 2 of the Finals
|The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and Ahmad Rashad at Game 2 of the NBA Finals at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Iowa Corn celebrates in-state rivalry
|Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation declaring June 9 as Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Day. Iowa Corn sponsors the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series throughout the Iowa and Iowa State sports seasons.
Advocate Center tour
|The Chicago Bulls welcomed leadership from Advocate Health Care on a hard-hat tour of the Advocate Center, the team’s new training facility, on June 4: the Bulls’ John Paxson, Advocate’s Kelly Jo Golson, the Bulls’ Gar Forman, Advocate’s Jim Skogsbergh and the Bulls’ Tom Thibodeau.
Batter up at NSSA HOF Awards
|At the June 7 National Sportswriters Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame Awards Banquet, NSSA Executive Director Dave Goren, hall of fame inductee Marv Albert, National Sportswriter of the Year Award winner Peter King and hall of fame inductee Rick Reilly pose with baseball bats in Salisbury, N.C.
Directors’ Cup winners
|The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup winners were honored June 10 at the NACDA Convention in Orlando. From left: (front row) Division III Williams College AD Lisa Melendy; Lexie Ross, representing Division I leader Stanford; Iowa Western Community College AD Brenda Hampton, and West Virginia Senior Associate AD and Directors’ Cup Chair Terri Howes. (Back row) Division II Grand Valley State AD Tim Selgo, Learfield’s Greg Brown and NAIA Oklahoma Baptist AD Robert Davenport.
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