Dinner to celebrate Eddie Sutton
BY JIMMIE TRAMEL World Sports Writer
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
5/06/12 at 7:26 AM
Last year, Tulsa Sports Charities announced a new college basketball award in honor of Eddie Sutton.
This year, the group will salute the former Oklahoma State coach in an additional way.
Sutton will be the honoree at Tulsa Sports Charities' 2012 Legends in Sports Dinner, scheduled for Aug. 2 at the Southern Hills Marriott.
Sutton, who is retired from coaching and lives in Tulsa, won 804 games during his Division I coaching career. He was inducted in November into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
"With Coach Sutton's induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, we wanted to give the fans in his hometown and basketball fans in Oklahoma the opportunity to show their love and respect for him," TSC executive director Tommy Thompson said.
"In addition to being a giant in the sport of basketball, Coach Sutton is an Oklahoma treasure. We want this night to officially recognize Eddie Sutton as a Legend in Sport."
The second annual Eddie Sutton Tustenugee Award will be presented at the dinner.
In the language of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, "tustenugee" is a word that means "warrior." The Eddie Sutton Tustenugee Award will be given to a player who displays the traits of tenacity and unselfishness that Sutton advocated throughout his coaching career.
Butler's Matt Howard was the inaugural recipient of the award, sponsored by the John and Jerry Marshall Foundation of Tulsa. John Marshall was a former roommate of Sutton at OSU, where Sutton played for legendary coach Henry Iba.
Sutton started his coaching career at Central High School in Tulsa. He also coached at College of Southern Idaho before becoming the first coach to lead four Division I programs (Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, OSU) to the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas and OSU made Final Four appearances under Sutton.
The Larry W. Brummett Courage Award will also be presented at the Legends Dinner. The award will go to an athlete who has overcome physical adversity with determination and spirit. Brummett was ONEOK's chairman, president and chief executive officer from June of 1994 until his death in August of 2000.
Past Tulsa Sports Charities Legends in Sports dinners have featured the likes of Bob Gibson and Lou Brock from baseball, Barry Switzer and Randy White from football, Jim Shoulders from rodeo, Marques Haynes from basketball and Dale McNamara from golf.
Thompson said proceeds from the dinner will benefit Thunderbird Youth Academy in Pryor and help fund three scholarships. Tulsa Sports Charities has endowed scholarships in the names of Bill and Nita Connors for Oklahoma State University, Dr. George Mauerman for the University of Tulsa and Wayman Tisdale for the University of Oklahoma through the OU Club of Tulsa.
Tulsa Sports Charities Legends in Sports Dinner
When: Aug. 2
Where: Southern Hills Marriott
Tickets: For information on tickets, tables and corporate sponsorships, contact Tommy Thompson at 918-645-4905
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