Iba Awards Dinner Taking Shape

The Rotary Club of Tulsa’s Twelfth Annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards. Dinner will be held Monday, June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

KTUL Sports Anchor Mike Ziegenhorn recently announced the 2005 keynote speaker will be the senior writer of Sports Illustrated, Steve Rushin, according to Mac Finlayson, chairman, on behalf of Eddie Sutton, head basketball coach at Oklahoma State University and advisory board chairman of the event.

The Iba Citizen Athlete Awards are given in recognition of America’s premiere athletes who have excelled in their sport and have shown by their actions a desire to help others. The Iba Citizen Athlete Awards were created to recognize and honor one female and one male athlete annually who best exemplify the high degree of citizenship in the image of Henry P. Iba, former OSU and United States Olympic basketball coach.

Lynn Swan, Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver and ABC sportscaster, is slated to be this year’s emcee. Award recipients have not yet been announced.

Rushin joined Sports Illustrated as a reporter in 1988 after graduating from Marquette University. Three years later, he became the magazine’s youngest senior writer. He is a four-time finalist for the National Magazine Award and his work has appeared in “The Best American Magazine Writing,” “The Best American Travel Writing” and “The Best American Sports Writing” anthologies. Since 1998, he has written a weekly column for SI called “Air and Space,” which was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in 2004.

A native of Bloomington, Minn., Rushin now lives in Connecticut with his wife, Rebecca Lobo, who was the 1996 female recipient of the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award while playing for the WNBA.

For ticket information, contact the Rotary Club of Tulsa office at (918) 584-7642 or visit ibaawards.com.

Updated 03-30-2005

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