Kenny Monday

Kenny Monday is a native Tulsan who started his successful wrestling career at age 6 at the local YMCA where wrestling became his passion. He will be named the male recipient at the Rotary Club of Tulsa’s 25th Annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards  in June.

Monday won four State titles and went undefeated in high school with an amazing record of 140-0. In his collegiate career at Oklahoma State, he was a three-time NCAA finalist, who took top-prize in 1984 as the NCAA National Champion.

He was a three-time Olympian and two-time Olympic medalist, earning gold in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea, and silver in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain. He won the World championship in 1989 and finished with World silver in 1991. In 1988, he won gold at the Tbilisi Tournament, which was considered the toughest in the world at the time.

After wrestling, he was the assistant wrestling coach at Oklahoma State’s Cowboy Wrestling Club and in 1992 served as OSU’s co-head coach. He worked at mixed martial arts gyms around the country, including Team Takedown in Dallas and the Blackzilians in Florida, where he coached professional athletes in the MMA sport, one of the fastest growing sports in the world. He was also an assistant coach for the USA Wrestling Team at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Monday became the head wrestling coach for the Tarheel Wrestling Regional Training Center in 2016. He is an active volunteer with Special Olympics, the YMCA and the Salvation Army. He is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

The Iba Awards were created in 1994 by the Rotary Club of Tulsa to recognize an influential male and a female premier athlete for their success in their sport, and more importantly, for being positive role models who give back to their communities – not only by donating to worthy causes, but by being personally dedicated and involved in their chosen charities.

The awards are named after Henry P. Iba, former Oklahoma State University basketball coach and coach of three U.S. Olympic basketball teams. He was an unparalleled success as a coach, a leader and a citizen and these awards recognize and honor athletes who best exemplify a high degree of citizenship in his image.

This year’s female recipients will be Dale McNamara, former amateur golfer and TU women’s golf coach, and her daughter, Melissa McNamara Luellen, former LPGA

professional golfer, TU and Arizona State’s women’s golf coach and current Auburn University women’s golf coach will be the female recipients. The keynote speaker will be

Doug Gottlieb, FOX SPORTS RADIO and former OSU basketball player. The master of ceremonies will be Dave Hunziker, the “Voice of the Cowboys” on the Oklahoma State Cowboy Radio Network.

The prestigious black-tie-optional event will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on June 18, 2018. Its presenting sponsor is Tom Rinehart. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation, which supports local and area non-profits benefiting young people and the club’s International Projects Committee.

For table sponsorship information or tickets, contact the Rotary Club of Tulsa at 918-584-7642 or online at ibaawards.com.

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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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