Luke Newman To Receive Bud Metheny Award
By ODU Athletics
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