Stockton Academic Hall Of Fame Finalist
May 1, 2002
STAMFORD, Conn. - John Stockton, Mike Gminski, Kim Mulkey-Robertson and Paul McDonald are among a group of 25 finalists for induction into the 15th annual Verizon Academic All-America Hall of Fame, four of the finalists to be inducted at ceremonies in New York City on June 27.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Verizon Academic All-America program, which was founded by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in 1952 to recognize collegiate student-athletes for their outstanding achievements in the classroom and on the playing field. Over the past 50 years, the Verizon Academic All-America program has grown into one of the most recognized and prestigious collegiate scholar-athlete awards nationwide, honoring student-athletes from all NCAA championship sports.
The former GTE, in cooperation with CoSIDA, established the Hall of Fame in 1988 to honor former college student-athletes who have excelled in their professions and have made substantial contributions to their communities. GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon in 2000. To be eligible, a candidate had to be an Academic All-America team member who graduated at least 10 years ago.
The Hall of Fame finalists were chosen from a group of more than 150 nominees and were selected by a 90-member voting board representing CoSIDA's 1,800 members. CBS broadcaster Dick Enberg, the spokesman for the Verizon Academic All-America program, will serve as master of ceremonies at this year's 15th annual induction. There are currently 68 members of the Hall of Fame.
Stockton (Gonzaga/1984) is a star point guard for the Utah Jazz, having just completed his 18th NBA season. He is the league's all-time leader in assists and steals. An Academic All-America second team pick in 1984, Stockton was named the West Coast Conference player of the year in 1984. He was the 16th player taken by the Jazz in the 1984 NBA draft.
Gminksi, a 1980 graduate of Duke, was the ACC men's basketball player of the year in 1979 and is currently an analyst for the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. Mulkey-Robertson (Louisiana Tech/1984) was a star point guard for the Lady Techsters who won two national titles as a player and is now the head women's basketball coach at Baylor. McDonald (USC/1980) quarterbacked the Trojans to two Rose Bowl wins and a national championship. He is a TV football commentator and businessman living in Southern California.
Other finalists include former Oklahoma basketball player Alvan Adams, former Texas A&M football player Kip Corrington, former Western Maryland soccer and softball player Dr. Claudie Henemyre-Harris, former Nebraska and pro football player Dave Rimington, former Seton Hall and pro baseball player Rick Cerone, former Penn State wrestler Dr. James Martin and former UMass basketball player Susan Peters.
Under an agreement with CoSIDA, GTE, now Verizon, has been the exclusive sponsor of the Academic All-America program since 1985. Verizon, America's literacy champion, strongly believes that literacy is a key ingredient to success and outstanding achievements in life. The Academic All-America program is part of Verizon Reads, the company's national campaign to promote literacy through corporate philanthropy, partner collaboration, community outreach, and customer and employee participation.
HALL OF FAME FINALISTS
Name Sport School/Graduation Year Alvan Adams Basketball Oklahoma/1998 Richard Balzhiser Football Michigan/1955 John Bayne Soccer Cornell/1988 Brian Branson Basketball Elon/1987 Kenneth Caldwell Football Citadel/1979 Susan Cassidy Softball Molloy/1986 Rick Cerone Baseball Seton Hall/1976 Sheila Cornell Douty Softball UCLA/1985 Kip Corrington Football Texas A&M/1987 Kathy Cottingham Lacrosse Drew/1990 Megan Donnelly Field Hockey Massachusetts/1986 Mike Gminski Basketball Duke/1980 Dr. Claudia Henemyre-Harris Soccer/Softball Western Maryland/1992 Chris Howard Football Air Force/1991 Mark Kelso Football William & Mary/1985 Brent Lang Swimming Michigan/1990 Dr. James Martin Wrestling Penn St./1989 Paul McDonald Football USC/1980 Michele Mitchell Rocha Diving Arizona/1983 Kim Mulkey Robertson Basketball Louisiana Tech/1984 Jim Paxson Basketball Dayton/1979 Susan Peters Basketball Massachusetts/1980 Dave Rimington Football Nebraska/1990 John Stockton Basketball Gonzaga/1984 Jacque Struckhoff Stedman Cross Country Kansas St./1988 Susan Walsh Swimming North Carolina/1984 Tracy Warren Softball College of New Jersey/1988
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