Jerry Colangelo has a busy time starting with dinner Thursday to kick off his 11th Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic Friday at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park.
Next week, he is hosting the 11th Integrity Summit on October 12 at Chateau Luxe.
Not so for the 82-year-old Colangelo.
“I was lucky to be in good health,” he says. “I had things along the way like everyone else. Beating prostate cancer and a few other things, but today I’m very healthy and have a lot of energy. My attitude has always been that I will go as long as I can and as hard as I can until I can’t anymore.”
The Hall of Fame’s golf events have raised $2 million for its educational platforms and museum preservation projects.
“I’m going to get tapped on the shoulder by the man upstairs who says, ‘You know, I think you’re done,'” Colangelo continued. “In the meantime, I want to be a positive influence on my family, my workplace, the community, the young people. It’s about trying to make this world a better place to live in.”
The former Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks team owner has a list of personalities who join him for dinner or the golf event – or both – starting with several Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductees. .
- Gary Payton
- Rudy Tomjanovitch
- Sheryl Swoopes
- Van Chancellor
- Jack Sikma
- George Karl
- spencer haywood
- Rick Barry
- Alex English
- Charlie Scott
- Mitch Richmond
- Chris Mullin
- ralph sampson
Then there’s the Suns connection – current head coach Monty Williams and former players Tom Van Arsdale, Dick Van Arsdale, Cedric Ceballos, Mark West, Oliver Miller, Garfield Heard, Eddie Johnson and Tim Kempton. Scott is also a former Sun.
Colangelo also expects Mercury All-Star and future Hall of Famer Diana Taurasi to make an appearance as well as former NBA coach PJ Carlesimo and former NBA players Michael Cooper, Ron Harper, Fat Lever and Vinny Del Negro, who also coached in the league.
Additionally, former Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Michael Bankston and former Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Junior Spivey, who was on the 2001 World Series championship team, are seeking to join in the festivities.
“They’re a really good group,” Colangelo said. “The sports world – the players, the coaches – it’s kind of a family. Of course, it’s the basketball family with extra guests.”
A week later, the summit will discuss the importance of integrity in sports management and ownership, how integrity can help grow a business and prevent “integrity violations” in the workplace.
“There was so much in the papers and stories about the lack of integrity in business,” said Colangelo, who teamed up with GO Media Founder and CEO Gregg Ostro to kick off the summit. a little over ten years ago.
“We read about all the issues every day and it’s in the workplace, it’s in the schools. So I asked the question – how many of you are willing to admit that you’ve taken shortcuts? In the end, you cheated along the way to reaching your finish line and it was amazing how many people, first of all, were willing to recognize, raise their hands and admit it.
This year’s top comes on the heels of Robert Sarver seeking to sell the Suns after the backlash stemming from the findings of the NBA’s investigation into the Suns’ majority owner.
The 10-month investigation found that Sarver repeatedly used the N-word, made inappropriate comments to women in the workplace, and verbally bullied and belittled employees.
Sarver was suspended for one year from all activity with the NBA, Suns and Mercury. He is also the majority owner of the WNBA franchise.
Colangelo said he would not discuss Sarver’s situation, saying lack of integrity remains a constant theme in business.
“We had the top no matter what,” said Colangelo, who sold the Suns to Sarver for a record $401 million in 2004. “So all of these things that happened around the world and on the workplace of our community, they just show how important this subject is.
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