Charlotte Hornets President Fred Whitfield will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class Friday at the Raleigh Convention Center.
A longtime associate of Hornets owner Michael Jordan, Whitfield has overseen the NBA franchise’s business operation since 2006, including the rebranding from the Bobcats nickname and pursuing the 2019 All-Star Game, which will be held at Spectrum Center.
Whitfield founded Hoop Tee, a charitable foundation that provides scholarships for underprivileged youth to attend camps and educational programs.
A native of Greensboro and a former Campbell basketball player, Whitfield received a law degree from N.C. Central. He later worked with sports agent David Falk, Nike and the Washington Wizards.
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The 15-member class will also include Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin, who graduated from Garinger High in Charlotte.