Olympic medalist and political activist John Carlos will be the guest speaker at N.C. Central’s second annual Dr. LeRoy T. Walker Track & Field Banquet on April 8.
The banquet fundraiser is part of a three-day weekend of events to raise scholarship funds for the track and field program. The theme is “Passing the Baton: Where Past Meets Present for a Promising Future.”
Carlos and Olympic teammate Tommie Smith won bronze and gold medals, respectively, in the 200-meter dash in the 1968 Olympics. But they gained international fame at the podium after raising black fists to support human rights.
The banquet at the Hilton Durham Hotel also will honor former NCCU track and field stars’ Ronald Draper, No. 6 in the 100-meter hurdles in 1971; Andrew McCray, 1964 NCAA Division II outdoor 400-meter hurdles champion; Jessica Mills, 2006 DII outdoor triple jump champion; Ronnie Ray, 1975 Pan American champion; and Julius Sang, 1972 Olympic bronze medalist.
Contact track and field coach Michael Lawson at 530-5121 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• April 9, 7 p.m. – a social gathering of honorees, Hilton Durham
• April 10, 11 a.m. – “Meet the Stars’ brunch, Pearson Dining Hall on campus
Former NCCU standout point guard Nimrod Hilliard is making a smash as a pro for the Horsens IC in Denmark.
Hilliard is the second-leading scorer on the 16-0 team with an average of 16 points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals per game. Horsens is the defending champion of the 10-team Basketligaen league.
CIAA HOF induction
The CIAA will induct 10 into the John B. McLendon Jr. Hall of Fame in February during CIAA Tournament week. Three of the 10 are from NCCU:
• Ingrid Wicker-McCree is in her eighth year as athletic director. During the university’s days as a CIAA member, Wicker-McCree became the first coach in school history to win multiple conference championships: softball (1998) and volleyball (1999, 2004 and 2005.) She earned 239 match victories and was named CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1999, 2004 and 2005.
• Earl “Air” Harvey (1985-88) set NCCU, CIAA and DII records in pass completions (690), passing yards (10,621), total offense (10,667) and career touchdown passes (86). He was a four-year first team all-CIAA selection.
• Edward McLean earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from NCCU. He is being inducted as an administrator after leading championship athletic programs at Elizabeth City State and Fayetteville State universities.
The ceremony is Feb. 26, 9 a.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased at TheCIAA.com.