The Philadelphia Association of Black Sports and Culture, Inc. recently honored seven legends at its annual banquet. The event was held at the Oaks Ballroom in Glenolden (Delaware County).
This year’s banquet honored seven distinguished individuals: Dr. Shirley Turpin Parham, (posthumously) educator and historian, Vivian Stringer, women’s basketball head coach at Rutgers University and Hall of Famer, Gene Banks, former West Philadelphia High, Duke All-American and former NBA player for San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls and currently an assistant coach of the Washington Wizards.
Wilt Chamberlain (posthumously) member of the nationally known Harlem Globetrotters, 1967 NBA champion Philadelphia 76ers and 1972 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. Chamberlain, an Overbrook High All-American, was selected as one of the NBA’s Top 50 players. He is also a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Norman Oliver, director of the “Stormin Norman” Basketball League in Wilmington, Del. Mark Sills, president/founder of Urban Youth Inc. in Wilmington, Del. and Larry Wilson, Gwynedd Mercy track and field coach.
The PABSC, Inc. was formed in 2002, the mission is to develop a fund through financial endeavors and grants to provide assistance for mentoring programs, recreational centers and prospective college students in the Tri-State area. The organization honors those who made outstanding contributions to the community and mankind by serving as role models and mentors for positive change in sports and culture.
Widener coach Collins to join U. of Rochester Hall of Fame
Isaac Collins, Widener head football coach, will be inducted into the University of Rochester Athletics Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held on Friday, Oct. 12 on campus and the group will be introduced at halftime of Saturday’s football game between Rochester and RPI.
Collins graduated from Rochester in 1994 as one of the school’s top running backs. He was a four-year letter winner who rushed for at least 100 yards 14 times in his career and helped the Yellowjackets with the 1992 University Athletic Association title. Collins also was a two-time All-UAA pick and the 1992 UAA Co-Offensive Player of the Year.
This is the second hall of fame in which Collins will be inducted into this year. He was placed into the Geneva Sports Hall of Fame last May.
In his third year as head coach, Collins has brought Widener back into prominence with a 20-7 record that includes a 6-0 mark this season, a No. 15 national ranking according to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and17th according to D3Football.com. The Pride this season lead the nation with 59.5 points a game, are fourth with 10.5 tackles for loss a contest and are fourth with 0.33 sacks allowed a game.
Tennessee State ranked No. 1 in Black College Football Poll
The SBN Sports Network Black College Football poll has been released for this week. The rankings for the country’s HBCUs are:
- Tennessee State (6-0)
- Alabama A&M (6-0)
- Winston-Salem State (6-0)
- Bethune-Cookman (4-2)
- Alabama State (4-2)
- Howard (4-1)
- Morgan State (3-2)
- Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-2)
- Miles College (5-1)
- North Carolina Central (3-2)