Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation names 2009 Greenberg and Schaap Award recipients

The Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation is proud to announce its 2009 Hank Greenberg and Dick Schaap Award honorees – Cal Ripken, Jr., and James Brown. The awards will be presented as part of the 19th Annual Hank Greenberg Memorial Golf Invitational, on Monday, June 15, at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap. Steve Greenberg, son of the legendary Hank Greenberg, will be on hand to honor the courage and accomplishments of his late father. Proceeds from the Hank Greenberg Memorial Golf Invitational will benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Genetic Counseling Service, an important initiative that provides genetic counseling and screening for anyone concerned about their risk of developing cancer, and other cancer and children’s charities.

Cal Ripken, Jr., 2007 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, is the recipient of the 2009 Hank Greenberg Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually to an individual whose integrity and dedication to the game of baseball exemplify the persona of the legendary Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg. Cal Ripken, Jr., retired in 2001 after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and holds many records in professional baseball — too many to list, but most notably as one of only eight players in history to achieve 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. Breaking Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,131 consecutive games played earned him the nickname the “Iron Man”. Always placing a strong focus on giving back to the community, in 2001 Ripken and his family established the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in memory of the family’s patriarch. The foundation works with various organizations throughout the country to serve America’s most distressed communities and its disadvantaged youth. Cal is also a best selling author and businessman. His company, Ripken Baseball, owns and operates three professional minor league baseball teams and two world-class amateur baseball facilities hosting youth baseball camps, clinics and tournaments. Cal received the most votes in Hall of Fame history and the 3rd highest percentage. In the fall of 2007 he was named a Special Public Diplomacy Envoy to the U.S. State Department and has since traveled to China and Nicaragua in that role.

James Brown, Emmy Award-winning studio host of CBS’ The NFL Today and Showtime’s Inside the NFL, and a founding partner of the Washington Nationals, is the recipient of the 2009 Dick Schaap Memorial Humanitarian Award. The recipient of this media excellence award exemplifies the integrity, beliefs, values, and humanitarian efforts of the late Dick Schaap. Throughout his career in sports broadcasting, James Brown has earned numerous prestigious awards, including three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Studio Host for The NFL Today (2007) and FOX NFL Sunday (1998 and 1999). No stranger to charitable efforts, he hosts the Players’ Gala, featuring “The JB Awards” where NFL players are honored for their outstanding community service. In addition to other charities, he also raises $1M annually for the Special Olympics in Cal Ripken, Jr., and James Brown – Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation Names 2009 Greenberg and Schaap Award Recipients Washington, DC. James Brown graduated from Harvard University with a degree in American Government. He was a standout on the basketball court where he earned All-Ivy League honors in his last three seasons and captained the team in his senior year. He was selected as a fourth-round draft pick by the Atlanta Hawks and a seventh-round pick by the Denver Nuggets. In 1996, Brown was inducted into the Harvard Hall of Fame. James is a co-founder and principal of the Brown
Technology Group, a certified minority owned and operated information technology company.

The 19th Annual Hank Greenberg Memorial Golf Invitational is the major fundraiser of the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation, a 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization committed to raising funds for charitable contributions to benefit health, education and the less privileged. Attendees will be treated to golf or tennis, spectacular food throughout the day, open bar, and an extra special program featuring Cal Ripken, Jr., James Brown, and ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap in a “fan”tastic Sports Panel, as well as their awards presentations. The celebration will include live and silent auctions with items such as a Tiger’s suite and fantasy camp, a weekend in Chicago, and much, much more.

Since its inception 25 years ago, thanks to the generosity of many and through annual fundraising initiatives, the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation has raised over $1,000,000 to help fight prostate cancer through grants to the Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center, part of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, and other cancer charities.

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