Student-Athletes Giving Back to Those Who Give to Them

Nov. 9, 2012

HOUSTON – Over 40 student-athletes will be on hand volunteering at Friday night’s Hall of Honor gala as they help give back to those who support them while also honoring their predecessors in the athletics field.

“Being a part of the Hall of Honor Celebration as a student-athlete really reminds me about the rich athletic tradition that the University of Houston holds,” said Track and Field athlete Karley King. “The fact that we can celebrate the former athletes who built the foundation on which I compete today is something that is inspiring and motivating. I also think it's a great opportunity to give back to the people who give UH so much support. This event makes me so proud to be a Houston Cougar. “

Five former student-athletes, one former coach and one team will receive the Athletics Department's highest honor with their induction into the Hall of Honor. The special event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9 at the Bayou City Event Center (9401 Knight Rd.).

Golfer Jacky Cupit, football running back Paul Gipson, volleyball star Rose Magers-Powell, baseball pitcher Brad Sullivan, defensive coordinator Don Todd, women's track and field sprinter Jackie Washington and the 1976 Football team comprise the 2012 class.

Prior to the induction ceremonies, attendees will enjoy a silent and a live auction and big board. Dancing with music will be provided by Radio London. Houston Golf legend and former NCAA individual national champion Billy Ray Brown will serve as master of ceremonies at this event.

Net proceeds benefit student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride, the fundraising arm of the Athletics Department. Student-athlete scholarships account for more than $5.3 million during the 2012-13 academic year. By purchasing a ticket or reserving a table, fans impact the lives of nearly 400 student-athletes that represent the University of Houston.

This marks the 19th class into the Hall of Honor and the eighth since the Hall was reintroduced in 1998. The current class will bring the membership to 94 individuals and two teams. Inductees are honored in a display located inside the Houston Athletics/Alumni Center.



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