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.