KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Hall of Fame Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim will receive the 2019 Court of Honor Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation at the 10th Court of Honor Gala on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
The Gala will be held at Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway in New York City. Additional information, including how to purchase tickets for the 2019 NABC Foundation Court of Honor Gala honoring Jim Boeheim, is available at www.courtofhonorgala.com.
The Court of Honor Award is presented to individuals who have roots in college basketball, values those roots, and have gone on to distinguish themselves in their profession, exhibiting the highest standards of leadership.
Boeheim, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005, has had a remarkable run as head coach at his alma mater. He has guided only winning teams in his tenure and has pushed the Orange into the postseason in all but two of his 43 years. SU has made 34 trips into the NCAA Tournament, including Final Four appearances in 1987, 1996, 2003, 2013, and 2016, and captured the NCAA championship in 2003.
A four-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year, Boeheim received Syracuse University’s Arents Award, the school’s highest alumni honor in 2000, and the University named the Carrier Dome court “Jim Boeheim Court” on February 24, 2002.
Boeheim, a long-time participant in the USA Basketball program, was named 2001 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year. He’s served as an assistant coach for the USA teams that won Olympic gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016, and the World Cup in 2010 and 2014.
A champion of many charitable causes, Boeheim and his wife started the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. He has lent his time to Coaches vs. Cancer, Crouse Hospital’s Kienzle Family Maternity Center, the Children’s Miracle Network, the Eldercare Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Pioneer Center for the Blind and Disabled, Lighthouse, People in Wheelchairs, Easter Seals, the Special Olympics, the Rescue Mission and the Jack Bruen Fund, among others.
“In his long and storied coaching career, Jim Boeheim has not only had significant success on the court but has been a leader and mentor in the coaching profession and the game of basketball at every level,” said NABC and NABC Foundation Executive Director Jim Haney. “Together with Juli he has been a tireless advocate for numerous charitable initiatives locally and nationally.”
The inaugural Court of Honor Gala Experience was held in April 2009 in Chicago, where Jerry Colangelo, chairman of USA Basketball and the man who assembled the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic teams in 2008, 2012 and 2016 received the Court of Honor Award. Former Senator Bill Bradley, who combined distinguished careers in basketball, politics and government to become an iconic figure across America, was the recipient of the 2010 Court of Honor Award. Phil Knight, the chairman and co-founder of Nike, Inc., the world’s largest sports and fitness company, received the award in 2011. The 2013 recipient was Jim Nantz of CBS Sports, the multi-Emmy Award winning sportscaster who called his 33rd consecutive NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2019 in Minneapolis. Dick Vitale, ESPN college basketball analyst and the unofficial “ambassador” for the game, was honored in 2014. Legendary Hall of Fame coach John Thompson, Jr., who led Georgetown University to 10 BIG EAST titles and the 1984 NCAA championship, was the honoree in 2015; George Raveling, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015, received the 2016 Court of Honor Award for his career as a coach at Washington State, Iowa and USC and as director of global basketball for Nike, Inc. Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has guided Duke University to five NCAA championships and served as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team, leading Team USA to gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2012 London Olympics, 2014 FIBA World Cup and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics was the inductee in 2017. In 2018, Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and John W. Rogers, Jr., chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments – both former Ivy League basketball captains, were honored. Duncan and Rogers were instrumental in the creation of an NABC Foundation literacy initiative, which they implemented in the Chicago Public Schools, to engage middle school students to read books outside of the classroom. Today they continue to support charitable and humanitarian initiatives in Chicago and across the nation.
All of the Court of Honor Gala events were held in New York City after 2009.
The NABC Foundation will utilize 100% of the net proceeds from this Gala to fund its programs and other charitable initiatives, including the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation.