Two current United States Sports Academy Board of Trustees members earned prestigious national awards.
Dr. Lee McElroy Jr., who has served on the Academy’s Board of Trustees since 2011, and Dr. Gary Cunningham, a Trustee since 2007, are being honored for their many contributions to the world of sports.
McElroy will be inducted into the 2012 John McClendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony for the University of Albany vice president and director of athletics the past 12 years is scheduled during the National Associate of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention June 27 in Dallas.
Meanwhile, Cunningham was awarded the 2012 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) International Lifetime Achievement Award on April 1 during the National Coaches Convention in New Orleans. Cunningham is the current president of the United States International Student Federation and was a longtime athletic director at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
McElroy has more than 30 years of experience in athletic and educational administration. During that time he served in several prominent positions, including president of the NACDA for 2006-07. In 2010, he was selected to be a member of the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association board of directors. He previously served on four prestigious NCAA Committees: Athletics Certification, Financial Aid, Degree Completion Program, and the NCAA Special Committee on Agents and Amateurism.
“This is an outstanding achievement and we offer Dr. McElroy our most sincere congratulations,” says Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. “Everybody here at the Academy also thanks him for all of the things that he does in intercollegiate athletics, which is extensive.”
Cunningham played and coached basketball at UCLA. He began coaching as an assistant under John Wooden for 10 years before coaching the team for two years after Wooden’s retirement and achieved the highest winning percentage of any coach in UCLA men’s basketball history at .862.
The NABC chose Cunningham for his lifetime commitment to being a guardian of the game, his desire to promote and encourage coaching excellence, and his continued work in building bridges in the world sports and basketball community through a lifetime of dedication and service to others.
“He is one of the most respected basketball and sports leaders in our country and it gave our committee great joy to recognize him for his years of leadership with dignity, high character and class in our coaching profession,” says Alan Lambert, NABC International Committee chairman.