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WILBERFORCE — The Central State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the 2016 inductees for the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame. Five individuals and four teams make up this year’s class which includes:
• Leonard “Tony” Blaine ‘62
• John E. Day ‘71
• Eric Love ‘83
• Dr. Paul Nitz
• James Rollins ‘96
• 1960 & 1962 men’s cross country teams
• 1983 football team
• 1991 women’s track & field team
“We are proud of the inductees and appreciate all they have done for Central State University,” Vice President of Athletics Jahan Culbreath said. “The induction ceremony is an opportunity for all of our Central State alumni, friends and family to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of Marauder athletics. The event is a true celebration of Central State University, its rich history, and those who have contributed to our athletic success over the years.”
In addition to this year’s inductees, Central State will pay special tribute to Grace Baptist Church, an organization that has provided tremendous service and support to Central State student-athletes.
ESPN analyst Chris Broussard will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. An internationally known sports analyst, Broussard regularly appears on a variety of ESPN shows such as Outside the Lines, First Take and the network’s flagship program, SportsCenter.
Broussard is also the founder of a men’s movement called K.I.N.G., which stands for Knowledge, Inspiration and Nurture through God. K.I.N.G. is a nondenominational movement that seeks to unite true Bible-believing Christian men across all denominational lines. A former writer for the New York Times, Broussard has also authored several books and is a frequent speaker at churches, colleges, high schools, charitable fundraisers and youth-related events. He has also been recognized for his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint (Mich.), where Mayor Dayne Walling issued a public proclamation declaring September 17, 2010, “Chris Broussard Day.” In 1997, Broussard was named as an African-American Man of Achievement by Bright Star Baptist Church in Cleveland.
The 2016 Hall of Fame Luncheon will be held at the Country Club of the North at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14. All those planning to attend must RSVP prior to the event and purchase their ticket(s) on or before Friday, Oct. 2. Admission to this year’s event is $50, which includes a full-course meal. Tickets may be purchased online at http://centralstate.universitytickets.com.
For questions regarding ticket orders, please call 937-376-6345.
Information provided by Nicholas Novy of the Central State Athletic Department.