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Luke Newman To Receive Bud Metheny Award

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 11, 2004
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Jan. 11, 2004

NORFOLK, VA. B Luke Newman, president of the Greenwich Kitchens Center will be honored as the 27th recipient of the Bud Metheny Award at the ACS Systems "Meet the Stars" Banquet, Friday, Jan. 23rd at the Sheraton Norfolk-Waterside. The banquet begins with a social at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. This year=s keynote speaker will be Baltimore Oriole pitching great and baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer.

Tickets for the banquet are $50, and on sale at the Old Dominion Athletic Ticket office in the Athletic Administration Building (683-5484). The Greenwich Kitchens Baseball Clinic will be held Saturday, Jan. 24 in the Old Dominion University fieldhouse. Tickets are $5 for the session, beginning at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the dinner and clinic support baseball scholarships at Old Dominion.

This year marks the tenth anniversary for Greenwich Kitchens with the Old Dominion baseball clinic. Greenwich Kitchens became the event's first title sponsor in 1995.

"This is quite an honor," said Newman. "It has been a positive and an enjoyable relationship for myself, and our company with Old Dominion University, and it's athletic department. I look forward to continuing this great relationship."

Newman has been active and supportive of local youth sports. He coached baseball for two years in the Virginia Beach Youth Leagues, as well as youth basketball for six years in Norfolk.

Closer to Newman's heart is his work with the National Kidney Foundation. A kidney recipient himself, Newman has served as a director on the state board for the National Kidney Foundation. As an athlete, he competed in the World Transplant Games in both basketball and golf. He also competed in the Salt Lake City Games in 1996 and in the Columbus, Ohio games in 1998.

Newman is a 1970 graduate of Carolton Oaks (now Norfolk Collegiate) High School. As an undergrad at Old Dominion, he became a member of the student senate and was very active in school activities, which included following the Monarch baseball teams under the direction of Bud Metheny as well as the Monarch and Lady Monarch basketball teams. He currently serves as a Director of the Board of the ODU Intercollegiate Foundation.

For more information about the clinic and banquet, please contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 683-5484.


PREVIOUS BUD METHENY WINNERS
1978	Dave Rosenfield		        General Manager, Norfolk Tides
                                        Co-Founder of ODU Clinic
1979	George Kotarides		President, Milton=s Pizza
1980	Ed Nagourney			Rices Nachman Dept. Store
                                        Co-Founder of ODU Clinic
1981	Bud Metheny			Former Old Dominion baseball coach
1982	George McClelland		Former Executive Sports Editor
                                        The Virginian Pilot/Ledger-Star newspapers
1983	Charlie Sugg			Real Estate Assessor, City of Norfolk
1984	Don Fett			President, Waymar, Inc.
1985	Clyde McCullough		Former major league scout
1986	Abe Goldblatt			Sportswriter, The Virginian Pilot/Ledger Star
1987	Richard J. Davis		President, Tidewater Professional Sports, Inc.
1988	Harry Postove			Major League Scout
1989	Hank Foiles			Foiles Insurance, former major leaguer
1990	Lewis D.Hirschler		Hofheimer=s Inc,
1991	Richard Alexander		Umpire
1992	Bob Rathbun			Former sports anchor,WTKR TV WTAR Radio
1993	Sandra Pickin			Founder of the Peninsula Muscular
                                        Dystrophy Benefit Baseball Tournament
1994	John T. Callahan		Former President of Tidewater Baseball League
1995	Gary Wright			Tidewater Summer League, AAU
1996	Paul Fraim			Mayor of Norfolk
1997	Roy L.Burton,Jr.		Founder of Willard-Lakewood Athletic
                                        Association & the Granby Booster Club
1998	Paul Vestal			President Greenbrier Athletic Assoc.
1999	Ken Young			President, Norfolk Tides Baseball Team
2000	Lester Bangs			Local Baseball Scout
2001	Warren Spivey			President Spivey Rentals
2002	Bill Swan			Former Head Baseball Coach at Virginia Wesleyan
                                        & Former Assistant Baseball Coach at ODU.
2003	Tim Miller			Chairman ACS Systems & Engineering

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