Lenny Wilkens—the second all-time winningest coach in NBA history, with 1,332 wins over a coaching career that began with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1969—will lead a stellar class of 2013 adult honorees at the 21st annual Trey Whitfield Foundation Dinner. The event is set for Friday, July 19 at the El Caribe Country Club.
Joining Wilkens, who is one of the few NBA stars in the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach, will be New York Giants defensive tackle Jim Burt, the two-time Super Bowl defensive tackle. Anwar Gladden, the South Shore Brooklyn High School basketball coach who has made several trips to the PSAL championship at Madison Square Garden, will also be honored, as well as renewed educator Michael Cooper from Brewster Academy.
Other adult honorees are Sonni Holland, community development officer at the Charles Hayden Foundation, along with Ciaran Sheehan, “Phantom of the Opera” star and a multi-talented singer-actor; Greg Jagenberg, two-time gold medalist at the Pan-American Games; and Ray Negron, a best-selling author and the director of community relations for Spalding.
But the stars of the evening will be the 12 Youth Academic Achievers, who will join their adult counterparts as Trey Whitfield honorees. The pioneering Pam Oliver, who has filled television screens around the country and world with her insightful, in-the-field interviews and commentary, will partner with Clifton Davis, one of the most talented and versatile entertainers in show business, to host the event.
For seating and table information, call 718-342-7722, ext.310 or ext. 319.