CHICAGO – Saint Xavier University athletic director and women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg is scheduled to enter the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, when the group holds its 16th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner starting at 6 p.m. that evening at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero. Hallberg is one of 20 honorees being inducted into the 2012 class, which includes a list of distinguished sports figures in former White Sox and professional football player Bo Jackson, NCAA champion University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari, Olympic gold medalist and Chicago Bandits star Jennie Finch, former Green Bay Packer and University of Notre Dame standout Paul Hornung and former DePaul University women's basketball standout and Comcast SportsNet reporter Sarah Kustok.
"This is a special honor for me personally and it is a great honor to be inducted alongside such an amazing class," said Hallberg. "I have always been thrilled that my entire collegiate basketball coaching career (Saint Xavier University, Chicago State University and University of Illinois-Chicago) has been spent in the great city of Chicago and to be recognized for my achievements by the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame is a real privilege. Just to be included in the same Hall of Fame with Chicago greats, such as Dick Butkus, Ernie Banks, Luis Aparicio, George Halas and Bill Veeck is truly something special."
Fox News sportscaster Corey McPherrin will serve as emcee for the 2012 Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony. Proceeds from the event benefit the Father John Smyth Standing Tall Foundation. Individual tickets are $125 and tables of 10 are also available. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities or to obtain more information regarding the event, please visit www.chicagolandsportshalloffame.com or call Howard Fagan at 708-780-3679. The Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame has inducted over 450 athletes, coaches, officials, media and others who distinguished themselves with contributions to sports. It exclusively benefits charitable, educational, literary and religious purposes.
"We are proud to welcome these distinguished men and women to the Hall," said Charles Carey, Chairman of the Board of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. "This is among the best groups ever. The memorable careers of these legendary figures of sport deserve the grand celebration we have planned. We're happy to welcome their fans and supporters to join us and we urge all to get their tickets early."