Leaders and difference-makers in the basketball and sports communities were celebrated at Athletes in Action’s 19th annual Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast during the Men’s Final Four weekend.
This year’s event was emceed by CBS college basketball lead analyst Clark Kellogg and Fox 59 evening news anchor Fanchon Stinger. It featured players from the 1955 Crispus Attucks high school team, which is celebrating the 60th anniversary of becoming the first all African-American team to clinch a state title. It also featured Kent Benson, Wayne Radford, and Bobby Wilkerson – players on the 1976 Indiana University undefeated men’s basketball team.
While several other athletes were recognized for their work, the highlight of the event was the presentation of the 2015 Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” award to Oregon Tech Coach Danny Miles. Coach Miles was recognized as more than a coach with more than 1,000 wins during his tenure at Oregon Tech and more than 44 years devoted to a single university; he was recognized as an established, loyal role model to the students and community of the Hustlin’ Owls.
In addition to his achievements as coach at Oregon Tech, Coach Miles’ impact has reached well beyond Klamath Falls, OR. With his extensive knowledge of a variety of sports, he developed the Value Point System (VPS), a method that helps coaches evaluate player effectiveness. Because of Coach Miles' success as a coach and dedication to the sport, the VPS has been trusted and adopted by coaches across the nation and at various levels.
“I have been blessed to win so many wonderful awards, but this might be the most prestigious of them all,” Miles said of the “Keys for Life” award, according to Herald and News.
Established in 1998, the Coach Wooden “Keys for Life” award is given to a current or past player or coach at either the professional or college level, who models the characteristics of UCLA men's basketball legend Coach John Wooden. Coach Miles joins an elite group of basketball greats who have received the honor, including Homer Drew, David Robinson, Mark Price, Bobby Jones, and Clark Kellogg.
Known as one of the most anticipated events during the NCAA Men's Final Four weekend, the Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast is hosted annually by Athletes in Action and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The event features speakers and special guests from the world of basketball, as well as the presentation of the "Keys to Life" Award.
By NRB Staff
Published:April 9, 2015