May 16, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports News
The African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, which is dedicated to honoring black and other ethnic sports legends adds to the induction list former NBA star Lou Hudson, along with former boxing champion Emile Griffith and Harlem Rens basketball star John Isaacs at the historic Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem on Saturday, July 8, 2006. Harlem Renaissance…Looking Back…Moving Forward will be the theme for the evening.

The event will begin with its signature black-tie “VIP Reception with the Stars” at 6p.m., followed by the induction ceremony in the historic Alhambra ballroom, located at 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard.

Hudson, aka “Super Lou” and “Sweet Lou” for his super game and sweet shot. In 1966, the 6’5 and 215lbs from the University of Minnesota was St. Louis Hawks’ first-round pick in the NBA draft. After scouts saw Hudson score 30 points as a College senior with a broken hand, they were convinced he would be a great sensation in the NBA.
In his rookie season, Hudson averaged 18.4 ppg and was named to the All-NBA rookie team. However, in the following season, he was called to serve in the military and did not rejoin the team until the 1968-69 season after the franchise moved to Atlanta.
Due to the franchise relocation, many changes took place during that time but Hudson rose to the occasion and brought his best game to the court. Immediately, Hudson impacted the team with his premier shooting ability while averaging 21.9 ppg in his first season. In the 1969-70 season, he earned an NBA All-Star appearance, the first of six, and shared in the glory of being Western Division Champions. Along with fellow teammate Pete Maravich, Hudson scored over 2,000 points during the regular season of 1972-73, which had only been equaled by two other players in NBA history at that time. He averaged 21.1 ppg during that
Previously announce to be enshrined, Emile Griffith, and fan favorite in New York, fought more main events in Madison Square Garden than any other boxer. In 1966, he held both the middleweight and welterweight titles. Consider all of boxing’s all-time greats, and none of them fought more title rounds than Griffith’s 339. The native of the Virgin Islands was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

Special honors will go to former NBA forward Kermit Washington who will receive the Global Outreach Award for his many years of humanitarian work in Africa. Other inductees and honorees will soon be announced upon confirmation.

Throughout the 1920s-1940s, most of America’s best black professional basketball players were on the rosters of the touring New York Rens and the Harlem Globetrotters. John Isaacs, a New York City native, played on the Rens from 1936-40, and also during the 1942-43 season. He was a member of the Rens team that won the 1939 world’s championship of basketball and compiled a record of 112-7.

This year, Isaacs was nominated to join the Basketball Hall of Fame, an honor that was given to the Rens as a team in 1963.

Washington played 10 seasons as an NBA power forward, retiring after the 1987-88 season. Since then, his passion has become helping refugees in places such as Nairobi, Kenya, through his organization, Project Contact Africa.

This event will allow us to recapture, remember and honor some of the greatest athletes ever who have become living legends, and you are invited to participate. While witnessing the induction of the class of 2006, you will be demonstrating a sense of community and helping make dreams come true for our academic achievers. These athletes have a rich history worth telling, one that reflects commitment, determination and dignity.

The AAESHOF is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, and is dedicated to the development of opportunities for young, less fortunate people to gain exposure to positive aspects of life.

This is its major scholarship fund-raiser for students to attend historically black colleges and universities. It helps students from economically challenged backgrounds fund their education through our “Academia Achievers Award Program.”

The event will be broadcast on WSRN radio web cast and streamed on the Internet. Negotiations are in the process for televising the event. It will be video taped for presentation via the Internet by National, international and local print media, television and radio will be represented. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis, prior to and during the event.

The event is sponsored in part by Southwest Airlines, Just Ask Miranda, Overslab Posters and Alhambra Ballroom.

For more information, contact Miranda Roberson , / 301-257-1650, Arif Khatib , / 510-508-3309.