BARRY KRAMER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Pat Riley
Miami Heat President, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers,
University of Kentucky, Linton H.S.
This award is named after Barry Kramer, Linton 1960, NYU 1964, first round draft pick of the San Francisco Warriors. Barry played for the Knicks in Madison Square Garden in the 1964-65 season. Barry was the second leading scorer in the country as a junior at NYU. His trademark jumper and his all-out style of play made him the best player in the country in 1963-64. Barry lit up Illinois for 42 points in the Garden playing in the Holiday Festival Tournament in December of 1963, earning him the MVP award in the tournament. Barry retired early from the game to pursue a career in law and is currently a New York State Supreme Court Judge covering the 4th Judicial District. His long and distinguished career as a judge is quite an accomplishment. We are proud to name our highest award in his honor. The winner of this award has displayed the same kind of success that Barry showed both on and off the court.
SAM PERKINS SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
The Sam Perkins Sportsmanship Award is named after Sam Perkins, Shaker/North Carolina/NBA. Same played on a NCAA Championship team with the Tar Heels and then enjoyed a fabulous 17 year career in the NBA. A first round pick with the Dallas Mavericks, Sam enjoyed one of the longest careers in NBA history. Always a gentleman, Sam was known for his classy play and his winning attitude. Sam always represented his teams and the NBA with the utmost class earning him the respect of players and fans throughout the country. Currently Sam is a goodwill ambassador with the NBA traveling all over the world. This award is presented to a deserving individual who carries on the great traditions that Sam exemplified both in his career and afterward.
JOHN CAHILL COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD - Bob Belber (Times Union Center)
The award is named after John Cahill, still one of the top referees in NCAA basketball, having refereed six national championship games. John followed in the footsteps of his dad and brother Din, all three of whom are members of the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame. The Cahill family is the "first family" of referees in the Capital District. John rose up through the ranks, starting at the high school level, now among the most successful, well respected referees in the country. We are proud to name an award after John and wish him continued success in the NCAA college circuit.
LOVE OF THE GAME AWARD - Connie Hosterman, Shenendehowa
First presented in 2013, the first recipient was Nicole Lee, from Clifton Park, NY who received the award posthumously. Her mother, Lisa, accepted her award and talked about her courageous struggle against cancer. A gifted poet, Nicole was a cat quick point guard who loved the game of basketball above all else. Nicole was supported in her battle against cancer by such NBA legends such as George Karl, Charles Barkley, David Robinson (including his mom) and the members of the Seattle Supersonic team.
Bob McMnamara Media Award
UPSTATE NEW YORK
BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME