Starting June 7, 2014, the small North Carolina city, home to the National Sportswriters Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame, welcomes a huge contingent of accomplished sports journalists to its annual awards weekend.
Spearheaded by Executive Director Dave Goren, the 55th annual weekend will recognize individual state winners and induct a nationally acclaimed sportswriter and sportscaster into its illustrious circle of excellence.
This year the NSSA proudly ushers former Sports Illustrated and current ESPN writer Rick Reilly as well as current Turner Sports basketball and CBS football play-by-play announcer Marv Albert into its hallowed Hall of Fame.
The venerable Costas, a 2012 honoree, returns to Salisbury to formally introduce Albert into this year’s NSSA Hall of Fame.
Pro football Hall of Famer John Elway, the Denver Broncos’ executive vice president and general manager is presenting Reilly.
The weekend is expected to be another sellout for the NSSA, which boasts a full menu of activities for both honorees and guests.
In addition to a Saturday night welcome dinner and a Sunday evening dinner dance at historic Salisbury Station, the weekend’s festivities culminate with another dinner and formal presentation at Catawba College’s Goodman Gym.
Registered guests will be kept busy. Attendees can play golf or tennis with some of the NSSA winners, tour the Norvell Theater, watch a private screening of the 2013 NSSA Story of the Year “Carry On” done by ESPN and have NSSA authors autograph their published works at the Literary Bookpost.
With a weekend chock full of events, it’s easy to understand why so many sports fans and even sportscasters and sportswriters who are not being honored return annually to this unique event. It’s a great time for attendees to acknowledge the professionals who enrich our reading and viewing experience.
Sports fans can all agree that the action is easier to follow, statistics are better understood, complex plays are made less complicated and simple comments become more colorful when accomplished sportswriters and sportscasters call the games.
Congrats to those national and statewide names being honored this weekend. And, thanks to all those scribes and sportscasters who make a career of sports reporting.
They make the great games we watch or read about even greater.
As 2012 NSSA inductee Dick Vitale would probably say, “You guys do incredible work, Baby!”
For more information about the NSSA event, visit their web site at www.nssafame.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!