CLEVELAND — The Larger Cleveland Sports activities Corridor of Fame could have 4 new legends inducted this October at a ceremony Downtown.
PGA Skilled and 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis, Cleveland Cavaliers legends Larry Nance Sr. and Zydrunas Ilgauskas and the late media character Les Levine are being inducted within the Class of 2021.
Curtis, a Kent State College graduate, is finest identified for successful the 2003 British Open with 300-1 odds. He additionally was a member of the successful USA Ryder Cup crew in 2008, bringing the Cup to U.S. soil for the primary time in 9 years.
After retiring from the PGA Tour, Curtis launched the Ben Curtis Golf Academy on the Nation Membership of Hudson and has labored alongside his spouse Candace to assist finish childhood starvation in Portage and Summit counties thorough the Ben Curtis Household Basis.
Nance grew to become a Cleveland legend throughout his final seven seasons taking part in within the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation with the Cavaliers. Throughout his time within the league, which he additionally spent six years of on the Suns, Nance grew to become the first-ever NBA Slam Dunk Champion in 1984, made three All-Star groups and helped Cleveland make the postseason six instances.
The NBA legend performed in 433 video games with the Cavs, averaging 16.8 factors, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and a couple of.5 blocks. Nance is the one participant in Cavs historical past to make the NBA All-Defensive Workforce 3 times.
The Cavs retired Nance’s No. 22 jersey and it hangs within the rafters, but in addition granted Nance’s son and present Cavalier, Larry Nance Jr., to put on the quantity to proceed the Nance legacy in Cleveland.
Ilgauskas, drafted by the Cavs with the twentieth general decide within the 1996 NBA Draft, performed 12 seasons in Cleveland, averaging 13.8 factors, 7.7. rebounds and 1.7 blocks over 771 video games.
The 2-time All-Star was a member of the crew throughout their first-ever NBA Finals look in 2007, taking part in alongside LeBron James. Ilgauskas is the one participant in Cavs historical past to document greater than 10,000 factors, 5,000 rebounds and 1,000 blocks over his careers.
The Cavs retired Ilgauskas’ jersey, No. 11, in 2014 and it now hangs from the rafters of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Levine, a media legend identified for internet hosting “Extra Sports activities and Les Levine,” broadcasting greater than 2,500 sporting occasions because the play-by-play voice and writing a weekly sports activities column whereas additionally internet hosting a playoff post-game radio present in the course of the Cavs 2016 Championship run.
Self-proclaimed because the “voice of fact and motive,” Levine made an enduring mark on Cleveland sports activities media. He died in February after a battle with diabetes and Parkinson’s Illness on the age of 74.
On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the induction ceremony will happen on the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower. To be taught extra in regards to the occasion or how one can buy tickets, click on here.
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