The Orange Bowl continues its community outreach effort in South Florida, as its reaches out to citizen’s young and old recognizing their contribution in education and sport. The”OBC” especially placed their focus on youth academic and athletic programs says Lynn Washington, co-chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Orange Bowl Field of Dreams Committee. The Orange Bowl Committee has been celebrating with America’s future leaders and the OBC’s legacy has been realized for some 75 years or more.
The Orange Bowl Committee will host its 7th annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Field Of Dreams Scholarship Benefit on Friday May 8th, 2009 at the Broward County Convention Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida commencing with a reception at 7pm followed by dinner and entertainment at 8pm.
The Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Trailblazer Award is annually presented to an innovator, pioneer and ground breaker, a person who has helped open doors, blazed trails and prepared a way for others to have better lives. So it was only fitting when the OBC decided to select the 2009 recipient for this prestigious award, as University of Miami Head Football Coach Randy Shannon. The OBC feels that Randy Shannon has made an individual contribution, which has significantly impacted the South Florida community at large.
Shannon was named head football coach of the University of Miami on December 8, 2006. A native of Miami, Shannon, played at Norland High School before moving on to the University of Miami where he was a four-year letterman and starting outside linebacker on the 1987 National Championship team.
After graduation, he played for the Dallas Cowboys before moving into coaching at the University level, before joining the Dolphins staff. He returned to UM as defensive coordinator for six years, coaching top 10 defenses in five of those six seasons before being named the 20th head coach in school history. Shannon, 43, played on or was a coach for three of the school’s five national championship teams. He is one of only seven African American head coaches from among the 119 schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1-A).
Other recognitions include Barrington Irving, the youngest and first black person to pilot a plane around the world solo, Christopher L. Smith Florida State Senator District 29 and founder of The Chris Smith All-star Football Classic, and Clarence Anthony former Mayor of South Bay and is presently the Chief Marketing Officer and Presiding Director of the Board of Directors for Post Buckley Schuh & Jernigan, Inc.
“Everything is in place for one of the more successful, star-studded and meritorious group of honorees since the Field of Dreams began. This promises to be one of the premiere events of the season. Now part of the Orange Bowl Committee’s 75 year legacy, our Field of Dreams offers a can’t miss night of entertainment, recognition and the generous spirit of South Florida,” comments Antonia “Toni” Williams-Gary, Co Chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Orange Bowl Field of Dreams Committee.
The Field of Dreams Scholarship Benefit is an annual Orange Bowl Committee event with a purpose of providing college scholarship funding for deserving high school seniors. The program has awarded individual scholarships, and contributed over $300,000 for African-American scholarships to organizations such as the Tom Joyner Foundation, The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, Florida Memorial University’s Athletic Scholarship Fund and the UNCF.
The Orange Bowl Committee is a not-for-profit, 330-member, primarily-volunteer organization. It is a self-sustaining, independent organization that supports and produces activities and events that enhance the image, economy and culture of South Florida. The Orange Bowl Festival features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 5, 2010. In 2013, the OBC will again double-host both the FedEx Orange Bowl and the BCS National Championship. Other OBC core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships and Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series. For more information on the 2009-10 Orange Bowl Festival and its events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program.
News feeds were buzzing earlier today with the news that Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt was in a car accident in Jamaica, but police and his manager said he was not seriously injured. Several reliable sources are reporting that the sprinter was speeding on a rain-slicked highway, when he lost control of the BMW M3 and it went off the roads. Sgt. David Sheriff was the first officer to arrive at the scene in St. Catherine parish and found the car heavily damaged.
Bolt and an unidentified female passenger were taken to the hospital, though neither was seriously hurt, Sheriff said. Bolt’s manager, Norman Peart said that his client did not sustain any major injuries, only scratches from the thorn bushes, when he attempted to exit the car after the accident. Peart also said that he was relieved that his client will be fine. However, as a precaution, Bolt’s team will conduct tests over the next 48 hours to decide whether he sticks to his competition schedule, Peart said. Bolt has a meet Saturday in Jamaica and is set to run a 150-meter street race May 17 in Manchester, England.
The 22-year-old sprinter won the 100 and 200 meters at the Beijing Olympics and was part of the Jamaica team that won the 4×100 relay. All three gold medals were earned in world-record times.
Bolt was given the BMW by his sponsor Puma as a reward for his outstanding performance in the Olympics.
Usain Bolt who was also scheduled to compete at the Golden Spike meet in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava in June. He was slated to run the 100 meters on June 17, meet manager Alfons Juck said. Bolt also competed in the meet in 2006 and last year, running the 200 both times. If he sets a new world record, Juck said Bolt will receive a bonus of $100,000.
Stay tuned for further update on Bolt’s condition, as we wish him a speedy recovery.
The Cavaliers brought their “A” game and a broom to the Palace at Auburn Hills and the Detroit Pistons provided enough for the Cavs to sweep. The dominance of Lebron James, Mo Williams and Co. proved to be superior to the Pistons for the 7-game series, which ended on Sunday after a 4-game sweep. The Pistons’, who made it to majority of the NBA playoffs over the last seven years, stayed in the game for most of the series, but were clearly out hustled and out played by a young and hungry Cavaliers’ team led by the phenom Lebron James. In one way, I was truly happy for the Cavs and the leadership of the 24-year old James, and on the other hand I was disappointed with the Pistons for their seemingly lack luster efforts. After all they were the ones who played hungry and were expected to come from behind and make it happen; gosh they have done this over and over again. But by game 3 of the series, I knew that the Pistons’ era of winning had come to a crashing halt.
There are just some things about winners, their style of play and confident demeanor, and I did not think that the Pistons exhibited such a posture. Their energy seemed low, yes they hacked James around, but in the end he was far too strong to succumb to such attacks. At one point during the series, I was taken aback after seeing the Pistons players, neglecting to even assist their teammates up from the floor after a tough play. I know, giving the Pistons the benefit of the doubt, that they were on the losing side of the ball, but team work is a team effort with each player lending a hand. No one can point to any one thing for their lost, but I was convinced that the remaining casts of players from their championship run were missing Ben Wallace and Chancy Billups, who moved on with other teams. What was the front office thinking you might have asked? Hmm, losing Wallace and Billups should be not an excuse, as players have to learn to pick up the pieces, gel and move on. Instead I saw a bench who gave into losing; I saw the cast of starting five not certain of how to stop James and the Cavs.
The Cavaliers on the other hand were poised, eager and comfortable with their leadership, both from a coaching and player standpoint. They were relentless on defense and stunning on offense. They created plays after play, feeding the ball to whoever was open. Lebron drove the lane, he slammed, he hit jump shots and was hammered on numerous occasions, but that did not stop him. Anderson Varejao powered his way defensively, and did his best to protest James and company from the angered Pistons at times. At his post-game interview James emphasized the “we” in their efforts and described how they pulled away from the Pistons, who have made the second round of the playoffs in the last 7 years. Cavs’ Joe Smith heroism in game 3 should not be overlooked, likewise the consistent efforts from Delonte West and Mo. Williams over the entire series.
Notable mention should be give to Antonio McDyess who was able to create some offense by hitting jumpers, tying his personal playoff best with 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Will Bynum also provided a spark off the bench with 22 points, but the rest of the team shot just 12-of-48. But their efforts in the fourth game were not enough to carry them to a fifth game and sadly we have to watched them ride of into the sunset until next season.
Lebron James scored 128 points, 45 rebounds, 30 assists, 6, steals, 3 blocks over the series, followed up by Mo Williams 59 points, 9 rebounds, 22, assists, 3 steals and 1 block. Delonte West had 46 points, 16 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals with Ilquaskas and Joe Smith 45 and 43 points respectively. Pistons’ Rodney Stuckey averaged 15 points per game followed by Richard Hamilton with 13.3.
In the movies, the actor who steals the show and is actually on par with the leading man or woman is nominated for the “Best Supporting Role” at the Oscars. But in the game of basketball, the number of guys in the starting lineup is limited to only five. Therefore, the chance of having an equally skilled player on the bench is very likely and the chance of the player making an impact, is critical. Over the years, the NBA has celebrated with some of the best players, who have won the coveted award, which is awarded to the player who contributes the most from the bench. And so for all inquiring minds, this award is called The Sixth Man Award. In an era where egos live at large in sports, the sixth man has to believe in himself and his team, willing to sacrifice ego for the playing time given to him, and still hold it together to make that valued contribution. The Sixth Man is a leader, he is motivated, he is a shot caller, a playmaker, a baller and the ultimate teammate. This year, the honor to this “most wanted man off the bench” goes to the Dallas Maverick’s Jason Terry. Eligibility for this award requires that the nominee/player is one who comes off the bench, in more games than he has started. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
Terry received 576 of a possible 605 points, including 111 of a possible 121 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. J.R. Smith of the Denver Nuggets finished second with 155 points and Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks finished third with 113 points.
As part of its support of the Sixth Man of the Year Award, Kia Motors America will donate either a new Borrego SUV or Sedona minivan on behalf of Terry to the Rock T. Youth Foundation in Dallas. Kia Motors will present a brand new vehicle to the charity of choice of each of four 2008-09 season-end award winners as part of the “The NBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors.”
A sixth man in 63 of 74 games played this season, Terry averaged 19.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.6 minutes. He shot .463 from the field, .366 from beyond the three-point line and .880 from the free throw line. Among NBA leaders, Terry ranked 10th in three-pointers made (167), 11th in free throw percentage, 17th in steals, and tied for 22nd in scoring average.
This tenth-year veteran of the NBA averages more points than each of the last 18 Sixth Man of the Year winners and combined with Dirk Nowitzki for the third highest scoring average (45.5 ppg) among teammates. The 6-2 guard had 33 games in which he scored at least 20 points as a reserve and 26 contests in which he matched or outscored the opposing bench.
The 2008-09 NBA Sixth Man Award presented by Kia Motors is part of a series of on-court performance awards called “The NBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors.” The awards, which are part of a multi-year marketing partnership that makes Kia Motors America the official automotive partner of the NBA, also include the Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, and Most Improved Player Award. The series also includes the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors.
58-year old Tonight Show host, Jay Leno canceled the taping of his talk show and checked into Providence Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank today. Information on his condition has not been released, but according to his reps – he is doing fine.
Sources close to the funnyman are saying that he never calls in sick, causing further speculation about his illness. Actor Ryan Reynolds – as well as an animal handler and several reptiles – had been scheduled to appear on the show. Get Well Soon Jay!!!
The 7th Annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Orange Bowl “Field of Dreams” Scholarship Benefit will honor the philanthropic contributions of several South Florida dignitaries and institutions. The event will be held on Friday, May 8th, 2009 at the Broward County Convention Center. The reception will begin at 7pm and a dinner program will follow at 8pm. The highlight of the evening will be a soulful performance by songstress Chrisette Michele.
“Everything is in place for one of the more successful, star-studded and meritorious group of honorees since the Field of Dreams began. This promises to be one of the premiere events of the season. Now part of the Orange Bowl Committee’s 75 year legacy, our Field of Dreams offers a can’t miss night of entertainment, recognition and the generous spirit of South Florida,” comments Antonia “Toni” Williams-Gary, Co Chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Orange Bowl field of Dreams Event Committee.
Grammy winner and Def Jam recording artist, Chrisette Michele, was born in Central Islip, New York to parents who worked as deacons to their church. This connection inspired her to reflect on childhood memories in her own Def Jam debut album. She sings in a jazz style reminiscent of singers such as Sarah Vaughn, Jill Scott, Macy Gray, Erykah Badu, and Ella Fitzgerald. Her first nomination for a Grammy came in 2008 in the category of Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “If I Have My Way.” 2009 proved to be her winning year when she was nominated and won the category of Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Be OK.” Michele has collaborated with famous producers and artists like Ne-Yo, Nas, Jay-Z and Kanye West. This beautiful 26 year old is a singer songwriter and composer who is signed to Def Jam Record by Antonio “L.A.” Reid who told her he had “goose bumps” after the first time he heard her. “When Chrisette Michele enters a room,” said Mr. Reid, “the room becomes a better place.”
“The Orange Bowl Committee is dedicated to giving back to the community especially as it pertains to youth academic and athletic programs,” says Lynn Washington, co-chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Orange Bowl Field of Dreams Event Committee. “We invite the public to join us as we celebrate America’s future leaders, and continue the OBC’s legacy of 75 years of making our community better.”
The Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Trailblazer will be awarded to University of Miami Head Football Coach Randy Shannon. Other recognitions include Barrington Irving, the youngest and first black person to pilot a plane around the world solo at age 24; Christopher L. Smith, Florida State Senator District 29 and founder of The Chris Smith All-star Football Classic; Clarence E. Anthony, former Mayor of South Bay and presently the Chief Marketing Officer and Presiding Director of the Board of Directors for Post Buckley Schuh & Jernigan, Inc and Myron L. Rolle, former star football safety for the Florida State Seminoles and 2008-09 Rhodes Scholar who will be studying at Oxford in the Fall to earn an M.A. in medical anthropology, will be recognized for their tireless work and contributions to the South Florida community.
The Orange Bowl Committee is a not-for-profit, 330-member, primarily-volunteer organization. It is a self-sustaining, independent organization that supports and produces activities and events that enhance the image, economy and culture of South Florida. The Orange Bowl Festival features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 5, 2010. In 2013, the OBC will again double-host both the FedEx Orange Bowl and the BCS National Championship. Other OBC core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships and Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series. For more information on the 2009-10 Orange Bowl Festival and its events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program, log on to http://www.orangebowl.org
The 2008-2009 NBA Defensive Player of the Year is no other than Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. Howard received the league prestigious award present m Kia Motors. And its only fitting that award was sponsored by a car company as Howard definitely get going on defensive, and more often that even he a license should be required, based on his ability to drive the lane.
The 6’11 center leads the NBA in rebounds and blocks in the Regular season, averaging 13.6 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. With a 52 percent shooting from the floor and a 20.6 points average, Howard has led his team in scoring some 39 times in scoring and 69 times in the rebound column. Kia Motors will donate ether Borrego or Sedona to a local Orlando Day Nursery.
Howard became the fifth player in NBA history to finish the season leading the league in rebounding and blocks (1973-74 was the first season blocks were kept as an official statistic). The select group includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L.A. Lakers, 1975-76), Bill Walton (Portland Trail Blazers, 1976-77), Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston, 1989-90) and Ben Wallace (Detroit, 2001-02).
Howard received 542 points, including 105 first-place votes, from a panel of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Cleveland’s LeBron James finished second with 148 points and Miami’s Dwayne Wade finished third with 90 points. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote received.
The 2008-09 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award presented by Kia Motors is part of a series of on-court performance awards called “The NBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors.” The series, currently in its second season, is a significant part of the multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors America and the NBA, and also includes the Most Improved Player, Sixth Man and Most Valuable Player of the Year Awards. It also includes the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors which are awarded during the regular season. For more information on the “The NBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors”