CHICAGO -The Chicagoland Hall of Fame today introduced the Class of 2016 as well as the rejuvenation of the Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. “We’re very excited to be presenting the Hall of Fame Dinner this year at McCormick Place and very proud to bestow the Ray Meyer Award on NCAA Champion Coach Jay Wright of The Villanova Wildcats,” said Charlie Carey, President of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.
Wright recently led Villanova to the “buzzer beater for the ages” with his victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels. Under his direction, the Wildcats have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the last 12 seasons. The annual Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fane Induction dinner takes place this year for the first time on Chicago’s majestic lakefront at McCormick Place on Wednesday, Sept. 7th at 7PM.
The Hall of Fame will also be inducting a pair of Chicago baseball legends: Carlton Fisk of The White Sox and Ryne Sandburg of The Cubs. Notre Dame legend and Super Bowl Champ with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jerome Bettis, will receive the Gale Sayers Award; Blackhawks great Denis Savard will receive The Stan Mikita Award, and Green Bay Packer and Western Illinois Leatherneck Frank Winters will be honored with the George Connor Award. Former Chicago Bear and 7-time Pro Bowler Lance Briggs is also being inducted.
Other inductees from the world of hoops include Simeon, Illini, and Orlando Magic stalwart Nick Anderson and Proviso East, Minnesota Gopher and Cleveland Cavaliers legend Jim Brewer.
DePaul Head Volleyball Coach and Lincolnway East star Nadia Edwards and former St. Laurence, and Andrew HS football coach Mike O’Neill are also being inducted.
Also set for honors are the “voice of the Chicago Bulls” Chuck Swirsky, accepting the media award, and special recognition of Don Wilson, Chairman of Chicago’s America Cup World Series, Pat Ryan, Chairman of Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid, and the late Mt. Carmel coach and longtime Hall of Fame advocate Howie Fagan.
Fox News sportscaster Corey McPherrin returns as emcee of the induction dinner. The event benefits the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame Charities, a 501c3 tax-exempt organization in Illinois honoring those who have distinguished themselves through their contribution to sports. Individual tickets are $150 each and tables of ten are available. VIP cocktails are from 5:30-6:30PM with dinner and induction starting at 7PM on Wednesday Sept. 7th at McCormick Place West, 2301 South Indiana Ave, Chicago, 60016.
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