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.