OKLAHOMA CITY (USBWA) – Access Sports, an Oklahoma
City-based not-for-profit foundation, and the United States Basketball
Writers Association (USBWA) have announced the major awards selected
and presented by the two groups will be awarded annually at a gala
in Oklahoma City beginning in 2013. The announcement was made Monday
evening at the 2012 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Awards gala.
The presentation of the Oscar Robertson Player of the
Year Trophy, the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award,
and the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award presented
by Devon, will be combined in a college basketball gala
to be held the Monday following the NCAA Men's Final Four each year.
The USBWA has traditionally presented the Robertson and Iba awards
at its Champions Breakfast annually at the Final Four. Access Sports
currently presents the Tisdale Award in Oklahoma City.
"We have had a very good relationship with USBWA and this new
arrangement will expand on that relationship and allow Oklahoma
City to literally become the center of men's college basketball
for one night each year," said Scott Hill, executive director of
Access Sports. "Having the best freshman, best overall player, and
best coach in a room all at one time will represent a very meaningful
night for college basketball in general and for Oklahoma and our
city in particular."
All three awards will continue to be selected by the members
of the USBWA and Access Sports will serve as the host for the gala.
The 2012 event honored Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis as the Tisdale
Freshman of the Year and Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski as the Tisdale
Funds raised through the gala are used to support a number of
charitable activities, including youth basketball programs in Oklahoma
that allow disadvantaged youth the opportunity to participate in
leagues and training. The gala will also help support the educational
activities of the USBWA, including its journalism scholarship program.
"We are pleased to expand our partnership with Access Sports," said
John Akers, USBWA president. "By combining all the awards, we really
bring the national focus – as it relates to college basketball –
to this one event."
About Access Sports
Access Sports is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit charitable organization an Oklahoma City-based 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization committed to supporting various charitable
causes, including funding prosthetic devices for needy individuals
through the Wayman L. Tisdale Foundation, educational scholarships
through the United States Basketball Writers Associations, and funding
of youth basketball programs throughout the state of Oklahoma through
the Wayman's Lightning Basketball League. More information is available
About the United States Basketball Writers Association
Formed in 1956, The U.S. Basketball Writers Association is comprised
of nearly 1,000 sports journalists who cover college basketball
for newspapers, magazines and websites. More information can be
found at usbwa.com.