Just a few weeks to go and tickets are selling out quickly for this year’s Iba Awards, which will feature Coach Bob Knight as the keynote speaker. Knight, who was the head coach of the 1984 gold medal olympic basketball team, named Henry Iba honorary coach of the team. Knight had great respect and admiration for Iba. Jason Taylor, with the Miami Dolphins for 12 years and most recently the New York Jets, and a favorite on Dancing with the Stars is the male recipient. Female recipient is soccer legend Kristine Lilly, one of the most decorated female athletes in U.S. history.
A Chairman’s Award will be presented to Stephen Wampler, the first person with cerebral palsy to climb the 3,000-foot rock formation, El Capitan, in California’s Yosemite National Park. It took him six days and more than 20,000 four to six-inch pull-ups to reach the top.
Area sports celebrities, coaches, former athletes and athletic directors will be attending including Bill Blankenship, TU football coach; Joe Castiglione, OU athletic director; Bubba Cunningham, TU athletic director; Sunny Golloway, OU baseball coach; Pat Jones, former OSU football coach; Eddie Sutton, formerOSU basketball coach and Iba Awards advisory board chairman; and Tulsa’s own Grady Nichols will provide musical entertainment.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation, which provides financial assistance to worthy organizations and projects in Tulsa and surrounding communities as well as internationally.
The event will be held at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center on Monday, June 6 with a black tie celebrity reception starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by the awards banquet at 7 p.m.
Reservations are required and are still being accepted. Tickets are $175 per person, table sponsorships are available. For information, contact the Rotary Club of Tulsa at 918-584-7642 or online at www.iabawards.com.