Dorch, Rencher, Irvin, Penceal, Kessler are Brooklyn USA Hall of Famers
HOWIE EVANS AmNews Sports Editor | 10/12/2012, 12:53 p.m.
The 32nd annual Brooklyn USA Athletic Association Hall of Fame Awards continues to honor the best of the best hoop stars. Some of the greatest ballers in history have landed in the Brooklyn USA Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
The very first class in 1985 duly noted and inducted Tony Jackson, Floyd Layne, Solly Walker, Ed Warner and Sherman White--a quintet that would have held their own in any era past and present. Jumping forward to this 2012 class, the players inducted Oct. 5 at the El Caribe Country Club in Brooklyn upheld the high standards of the organization. The Hall of Fame class included Myles Dorch, the late Marvin Kessler, Bernard Rencher, Franklyn Irvin and Sam Penceal.
The organization, while highlighting the inducted Hall of Famers, also turned the spotlight on individuals who themselves were every bit Brooklyn USA Hall of Famers in their own right, including the great James Jackson, who was honored as a Lifetime Mickey Fisher/Howie Jones Outstanding Coach. Words are not necessary to note what this award means. Fisher and Jones both set the standards for excellence as leaders and teachers of young men. That's exactly what Jimmy Jack has done since 1974, setting a standard of excellence second to none.
Dr. William C. Jusino received the Ozelious J. Clement Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on the front lines of education throughout his career. The Al McIntosh Community Service Award was presented to Pete Edwards, who was unable to attend. His award was accepted by Blaine Robinson.
Student scholarships were presented to Kiarra Alava, Jason Mullings and Robert Rhodes. This annual Brooklyn USA Hall of Fame affair continues to be one great reunion. Friendships holding strong and with love.