• All Star Breakfast Press Release 2017

    12th Annual All Star Breakfast

    For the past 11 years Athletes in Action has hosted the All Star Breakfast at the NBA All Star Weekend. This will be the third year this event is done in partnership with the NBA Retired Players Association. This partnership has been very positive for both organizations.

    At this event, we will be honoring two men for living an exemplary life on the Court, in the Community and in the Home. This year Randy Pfund will receive the Jerry Colangelo Award. Pfund was an All American player at Wheaton College. He later was an assistant coach for 7 years with the Lakers under Pat Riley when they won the NBA title twice in 1987 and 1988. He went on to be the Lakers' head coach for two years from 1992-1994. When Riley went to the Miami Heat Pfund became his General Manager for 13 years, during which the Heat won the NBA title in 2006.

    The other honoree will be Mike James who will receive the Bobby Jones Award. James was a 1st Team All Atlantic 10 at Duquesne University then went on to have a 12-year career in the NBA, winning a title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. While with the Pistons Rasheed Wallace gave James the nickname “Pit Bull” for how he harassed the opponents every night.

    These awards represent Character, Leadership and Faith. They are part of the Athletes in Action Sports Legends Series which includes the Super Bowl Breakfast and the presentation of the Bart Starr Award; the Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast and the presentation of the Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” Award, during the Final Four Weekend; and the Night of Champions where Athletes in Action inducts a male and female athlete into the AIA Hall of Faith.

  • David Robinson and Pat Williams Honored at All-Star Breakfast

    Athletes in Action hosted the seventh annual All-Star Breakfast on Feb. 25 in Orlando, Fla., during the NBA All-Star Weekend. The event recognized individuals from the NBA community for their character, leadership, and faith on the court, at home, and in the community.

    David Robinson, former NBA All-Star and MVP with the San Antonio Spurs, was honored with the Bobby Jones Award in recognition of his legacy of service and philanthropy. Pat Williams, senior vice president of the Orlando Magic known for his positive attitude and community involvement, received the Jerry Colangelo Award.

    Other special guests in attendance were Jerry Colangelo, chairman of Team USA Basketball; Bobby Jones, former NBA star with the Philadelphia 76ers; Donnie Nelson, general manager and president of basketball operations for the Dallas Mavericks; Alex Martins, CEO of the Orlando Magic; Rich DeVos, co-founder of Amway and the Orlando Magic, and Christian recording artist Karyn Williams (Pat’s daughter), who provided special music for the event. Simon Bailey, founder of the Brilliance Institute, and Dante Marchitelli, Orlando Magic sideline reporter, co-emceed the event.

    Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer welcomed guests to the breakfast, joking that, “we can pray for one thing – that Dwight Howard stays in Orlando.” Dyer also commented on the privilege of hosting the All-Star Weekend.

    Upon receiving their awards, Robinson and Williams both spoke about the importance of their faith, and the difference it has made in their lives. Williams’ daughter, Karyn, who performed at the breakfast, surprised her dad with a special song she had written for him, which she sang before he received the Colangelo Award.

    At the end of the event, Robinson and Corwin Anthony, director of the AIA Pro Ministry, explained how to become a Christian and gave guests an opportunity to learn more about becoming a Christian and how to grow in their faith by indicating their desire on comment cards.