Gminski Among 25 Finalists for Academic Hall of Fame
May 8, 2003
Duke's Mike Gminski, Julie Foudy, Joe Girardi, Tim Green and Steve Young are among a group of 25 finalists for induction into the 16th annual Verizon Academic All-America Hall of Fame.Ò Four of the finalists will be inducted at ceremonies in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 28.
The former GTE, in cooperation with the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), established the Hall of Fame in 1988 to honor former college student-athletes who have excelled in their professions and made substantial contributions to their communities. 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 16th annual induction. There are currently 73 members of the Hall of Fame.
Gminski, one of only 10 players at Duke to have his jersey retired, was a two-time All-America selection, three-time All-ACC honoree and a three-time Academica All-America. He ended his career as the school's all-time scoring, rebounding and blocked shots leader. Along with Jim Spanarkel and Gene Banks, he led Duke to the 1978 NCAA Championship Game vs. Kentucky. Names as one of the 50 greatest players in ACC history, Gminski averaged 19.0 points and 10.2 rebounds as a collegian. He went on to play 14 seasons in the NBA and is now a successful broadcaster.
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 Southern California volleyball player Katie Haller, 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. (See "Attachment B" for additional Verizon literacy information.)
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For more information on the Verizon Academic All-America program, visit www.cosida.com.
2003 VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA HALL OF FAME FINALISTS
Name, Sport, School/Graduation Year