Sept. 18, 2003 — Dr. Valerie George and Athniel "Addie" Ottley will be honored with awards from the African American Ethnic & Caribbean Sports Hall of Fame Saturday evening at the Palms Court Harborview Hotel.
George, former director of the Beacon Schools in the Virgin Islands, and Ottley, president of Ottley Communications, both will receive the Executive of the Year Award from the organization at the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
The event will also induct new members into the African-American Ethnic & Caribbean Sports Hall of Fame. Neville Hodge, Flora Hyacinth, and John P. Scott (posthumously) will join honored Caribbean athletes in the Hall, according to a press release from the organization.
Neville Hodge, a St. Thomas native and graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, had an outstanding track career at Morgan State University and is a three-time Olympian. After extensive international coaching, he became track and field head coach at Morgan State. He was inducted into the Morgan State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Hyacinth, a three-time Olympian and the first woman in history to jump 45 feet in the triple jump, still competes, most recently in this summer's Pan Am Games. She recently completed a degree in chiropractic medicine and is working in San Diego, Calif.
John P. Scott, who became a V.I. resident in 1936 and remained until his death, has been credited with the introduction of organized basketball in the Virgin Islands. An avid lover of sports, he worked to organize various athletic programs and founded the High School Varsity, which dominated the territory's sports events for years.
"We are proud to honor these outstanding Caribbean athletes and to emphasize to our youth population that championships are born of hard work, commitment and dedication," said the organization's founder and president, Arif Khatib, in the press release.
Thirty-seven sports figures from the national level, including seven Virgin Islanders, were honored at last year's ceremony. Among them were baseball legend Roberto Clemente, boxer Livingstone Bramble, tennis icon Victor Ebbesen, and Elmo Plaskett. Other sports figures from the region included boxing greats Emile Griffith and Julian Jackson, NBA player Glen "Kimble" Williams, and baseball heroes Al McBean, Valmy Thomas, Horace Clark, and recently deceased Alphonso "Piggy" Gerard.
The mission of the African-American Ethnic & Caribbean Sports Hall of Fame is to broaden the public's understanding of the contributions made by African-Americans and other ethnic sports heroes have made to American sports. This year's event is presented in association with the V.I. Governor's Office of Public Relations, the V.I. Tourism Department, WSTA Radio Lucky 13, Jet Blue Airlines, Cape Air, and TMX Sports & Entertainment.
Tickets are $45, including dinner, and are available by calling Palms Court at 774-5292.
For more information, contact Lee Vanterpool at 693-4341.
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