Saint Xavier University men's basketball coach Tom O'Malley
will enter the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame this September to honor his distinguished high school and collegiate coaching career on the South Side of Chicago. O'Malley is one of 20 honorees being inducted into the 2011 class, including some nationally recognized names in former NFL running back Barry Sanders, Chicago Blackhawks Hall of Famer Bobby Hull, NCAA champion University of Connecticut men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun and former NBA player and current Boston Celtics head coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers. The 15th Annual Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner will take place at 7 p.m. on September 21, 2011, at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Ill.
"I feel very humble and privileged to be honored with an induction into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame," said O'Malley. "I have always felt that sports have been a great part of my life and have introduced me to so many wonderful people. It is truly exciting to be honored with so many great players and coaches. My life has been blessed with faith, family and friends and this honor is a highlight of a long and wonderful life in both Chicago and sports."
Additional inductees for the Class of 2011 include: Dave Casper (University of Notre Dame All-American and former NFL player), Rocky Bleier (former University of Notre Dame and NFL player), Howard Griffith (University of Illinois All-American and former NFL player), Paul Flatley (Northwestern University Academic All-American and former NFL player), Milt Pappas (former Chicago Cubs player, 17-year MLB career), Mabel Landry Staton (former DePaul University and Olympic track and field standout), Steve Zucker (athlete representation, philanthropist) and Pierre Pilote (former Chicago Blackhawk and Hall of Famer).
The remaining honorees are: Mickey Pruitt (former Robeson High School and Chicago Bears player), Jack Rosenberg (longtime WGN sports editor and winner of the inaugural Jack Brickhouse Media Award), John Holecek (former University of Illinois and NFL player), Frank Strocchia (Big Ten Conference football official), Therese Boyle-Niego (former volleyball standout at Mother McAuley High School and former coach at Loyola University), Tom Winiecki (longtime football coach at Gordon Tech High School) and the late Mike Rabold (former Fenwick High School standout and Chicago Bears player).
"Every September, we are proud to welcome distinguished men and women to the Hall and this, our 15th year, is among the best groups ever," said Charles Carey, Chairman of the Board of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. "The remarkable and truly memorable careers of these legendary figures of sport deserve the grand celebration with which we salute them. Most of all, we're happy to welcome so many fans and supporters to join us and we urge all to get their tickets early. Together, we will honor greatness."
Veteran sportscaster Tom Shaer will serve as master of ceremonies for the 2011 Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Father John Smyth Standing Tall Foundation. Tickets are $125 each and tables of 10 are available. For ticket or sponsorship information or for more details on this year's event, please visit www.chicagolandsportshalloffame.com or call Howard Fagan at 708-780-3679. The Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame has inducted 440 athletes, coaches, officials, media and others who distinguished themselves with contributions to sports. It exclusively benefits charitable, educational, literary and religious purposes.