1998 – Bill Bradley

“Now I understand why men are always proud when they say, ‘Mr. Iba was my coach,’ So am I.” Those words-a fixture in the sponsoring Rotary Club of Tulsa’s IBA Awards programs-were written by former U.S. Senator and former award-winning basketball player Bill Bradley. Bradley is a basketball Hall of Famer, Rhodes Scholar, former U.S. Senator, best-selling author, Olympic Gold Medalist and former United States President Candidate.

Bradley was a basketball legend at his alma mater, Princeton University. He averaged 30.2 points, was named basketball All-American three times, was selected national player of the year in 1965 when he was a senior, and he became the first basketball player to win the Sullivan Award as the country’s outstanding amateur athlete in 1965. He also broke Oscar Robertson’s NCAA Tournament record by scoring 58 points in his final game, against Wichita in the third-place game at the 1965 Final Four. In 1964, Bradley was the captain-and one of the leading scorers-of the United States Olympic basketball team. That team outclassed the field and brought home the gold medal from Tokyo. That team was coached by Mr. Henry Iba. It is this link that prompted Bradley to write the letter to Iba from which the Iba Awards often quotes.

Bradley graduated with honors in American History and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he earned a graduate degree. After Oxford, Bradley joined the New York Knicks in 1967. In his ten-year professional career, he averaged 12.4 points and helped lead the Knicks to win the NBA Championship in 1970 and 1973. He retired from basketball in 1977 and was elected to the Senate from New Jersey in 1979, where he established a well-respected political career of 18 years. Bill Bradley challenged Al Gore for the Democratic nomination for president in 2000. He withdrew from the race in March. Bradley’s books about the passages in his life have enjoyed remarkable success: “Life On The Run,” about his decade with the Knicks, remains a classic in sports literature. “The Fair Tax” helped popularize the ideas that eventually became the Tax Reform Act of 1986. “Time Present . Time Past,” a memoir based largely on his experience as a Senator and his travels throughout the country, was a best-seller for thirteen weeks. Oddly enough, this individual who has distinguished himself in so many of life’s arenas, believes the real emphasis is on the team.

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Our leadership team gave their Monday night to attend the Visioning Launch Lab, getting ready for the start of the new Rotary year on July 1st. 🎉🎉

What an amazing and dedicated group! Can’t wait to see what all they accomplish this year! #agentsofchange #peopleofaction
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Happy #MemberMonday honoring one of our Rotarians.

Dr. Mouzon Biggs, Jr., is inspiring on many levels and we are blessed to be able to call him a fellow Rotarian.

Anytime it is announced that Mouzon will be speaking it brings anticipation that you will hear something grand, something that will leave you thinking about what has been said. We all know Mouzon speaks from the heart and presents in a thoughtful, inspirational and well-meaning way. Mouzon inspires me to “keep doing the next right thing” and "keep swinging for the fences” as he so amply displays this motto in his day to day life. Thank you Mouzon for being you.

Upon retiring as Sr Pastor at Boston Avenue Methodist Church Mouzon said: “I never walked into the pulpit that I didn’t do the best I knew how to be as faithful to God’s word as I knew how. I never promised a home run, but I did promise to swing as hard as I could. I think I managed that.”

I think we can all agree he did that and so much more.
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June 14, 2004

15 years ago today, Past President Jimmie Saied celebrated his final birthday at the 11th Annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards Banquet directing "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

2004 Iba Chair, Linda Bradshaw, introduced him with the following:

"Our finale is a tribute to our honorees with a presentation that is a testament to his own life. A gentleman and patriot beyond description was born this very day, June 14, 1915 on Flag Day. He carried the torch to Washington to witness the signing into law signifying that "The Star and Stripes Forever" become the official march of the United States of America. He has thrilled thousands for decades with his characterization of John Philip Sousa through the concerts he has conducted across this great country. I'm proud to celebrate his 89th birthday with him tonight. He is my dearest and personal friend. Please welcome, Maestro James G. Saied."
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The Rotary Club of Tulsa, with sincere appreciation, presents the “James G. Saied Service Above Self…And Then Some” Award to Rotarian and Past President Charles B. Wilson, Jr.

For continuing to serve his club with leadership counsel and enthusiasm long after serving as club President, 1996-97;

For strengthening the club by initiating several membership initiatives that led to more and higher committed members that reflect the vitality and diversity of our community;

For his numerous leadership positions on the board and club committees, including the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards, where he chaired the event and served on the organizing committee for all 25 years;

For his leadership coordinating Rotary’s support for the transformational OU-OSU Bedlam Clinics;

He is exceptionally qualified to receive the club’s highest honor.

Congratulations!
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