June 26, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jim Nantz, a multi-Emmy Award winner and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year, will receive the fourth Court of Honor Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation on Thursday. The 2013 Court of Honor Gala will be held in New York City at Cipriani, 110 E. 42nd Street between Lexington and Park.
The Court of Honor Award is presented to an individual who has roots in college basketball, values those roots, and has gone on to distinguish himself in his profession, exhibiting the highest standards of leadership.
Nantz called his 28th consecutive broadcast of the NCAA® Men's Final Four® this year in April in Atlanta and, since joining the CBS Television Network in 1985, has covered virtually every sport. After serving as host of CBS's coverage of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship and Final Four from 1986 to 1990, he assumed the role of lead play-by-play announcer.
"As the voice of NCAA men's college basketball for almost three decades, Jim Nantz has contributed significantly to the tremendous growth we have experienced in our game," said Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski, president of the NABC Foundation. "Jim's elegant style fits perfectly with the excitement of the games. It's difficult to imagine anyone else calling the play-by-play for the Final Four."
Nantz has been the lead play-by-play voice for THE NFL ON CBS since 2004 and has anchored the network's golf coverage since April 1994.
In 2007, he had the rare opportunity over a span of just 63 days to broadcast Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears, the NCAA Final Four and the Masters®. Nantz repeated that feat in 2010 and won his second consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality - Play-By-Play. This year, he accomplished the trifecta once again.
He co-authored the New York Times bestseller Always By My Side in 2008 with Eli Spielman, telling personal stories from his career in sports broadcasting combined with the virtues instilled in him by his father.
A proud graduate of the University of Houston, Nantz continued to honor his father when he teamed with The Methodist Hospital in Houston to create the Nantz National Alzheimer Center (NNAC), an all-inclusive facility committed to cutting-edge Alzheimer's research and treatment in hopes of one day finding a cure. In addition, the NNAC also focuses on the connection between concussions and other traumatic brain injuries in athletes and their effects on dementing illnesses.
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 team in 2008, 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 in New York City. Phil Knight, the chairman and co-founder of Nike, Inc., the world's largest sports and fitness company, received the award in 2011, also in New York.
Proceeds from the Court of Honor Gala Experience help fund the NABC Foundation's programs, including the TTRR (TICKET TO READING REWARDS) program, a reading incentive program that encourages middle school students to read books outside the classroom and obtain rewards for reading. TTRR has three primary components: reading rewards, tickets to local college basketball games and a coaching component for middle school coaches to both learn new techniques and to act as mentors for the reading program.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, and John W. Rogers Jr., founder and CEO of Ariel Investments, LLC, were instrumental in the launch of the TTRR program in Chicago. The program is now being conducted in more than 150 schools nationwide.
Additional information on the Court of Honor Gala Experience at Cipriani, 110 E. 42nd Street between Lexington and Park in New York City on September 17, 2012, is available at NABCFoundation.org.