Friend of Connor Sports Receives “Lifetime Achievement Award” From the Harold & Carol Pump Foundation

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On August 7th, 2015 the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation held their 13th annual charity to gala to raise funds for the treatment and cure of cancer.  The event includes the presentation of awards to individuals in the sports community who are using their influence to better the world.

Among the awards presented is the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a sports celebrity who has exhibited excellence both on and off of the field of play. This year Oscar Robertson received the award for his success as an NBA player and his empowerment of athletes through the Oscar Robertson Rule.

Robertson’s continuous efforts to better himself, his family and his community both off and on the court make him a true champion.

About Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson (The Big O) forever changed the game of basketball on the court and in the courtroom. Voted “Player of the Century” by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, he has also distinguished himself as a social activist, a labor leader, an international ambassador for the game of basketball, and is considered the greatest all around player in the history of the game.

He was Rookie of the Year in 1961, Most Valuable Player in 1964, a 12-time All-Star, and MVP in three All-Star games. He is enshrined in the International Basketball (FIBA) Hall of Fame, the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, and twice in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as an individual and as co-captain of the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medalist team.

In 1961-62, Robertson set a record that still stands when he became the only player to average a “triple double” for an entire season (30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 11.4 assists). He holds NBA records for triple doubles in a season (41) and a career (181), and in rebounds by a guard.

A 1976 legal settlement, known as the Oscar Robertson Rule, helped NBA players become the first professional athletes to achieve free agency, forever changing the balance of power in professional sports and leading to a new era of expansion, growth and prosperity for the NBA. The Big O was also one of five co-founders of the NBA Retired Players Association and served as its first president from 1992-1998.

In 1997, when his daughter Tia’s kidneys were failing, The Big O made the assist of a lifetime by donating a kidney to her. He also became an advocate for kidney disease prevention, health and wellness, and organ transplantation on behalf of the National Kidney Foundation.

Oscar Robertson was born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee and raised in Indianapolis, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class at Crispus Attucks High School. He led Attucks to a 45-game win streak including an undefeated season, two consecutive state titles – the first for an African-American school or an Indianapolis school – and a national championship. At the University of Cincinnati, he was a three-time first team All-American; the NCAA’s first three-time scoring leader, finishing with a 33.8 average; and the first three-time national College Player of the Year. In 1998, the U.S. Basketball Writers renamed their College Player of the Year award to The Oscar Robertson Trophy.

The Big O co-captained the undefeated 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team, often considered the greatest basketball team ever assembled. Then he began his career with the Cincinnati Royals and four years with the Milwaukee Bucks – during which he led his teams to 10 playoff appearances including the Bucks’ only NBA title in 1971.

Robertson is the CEO of companies in the areas of specialty chemicals, document management, and media productions. He holds a Lifetime Achievement Award for entrepreneurship from the University of Cincinnati College of Business Entrepreneurship Center. At University of Cincinnati, the Oscar and Yvonne Robertson Scholarship Fund provides assistance to talented and deserving students. The Robertson’s also served as co-chairs of the University’s $1 billion capital campaign.

Robertson is the author of an autobiography, The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game, and The Art of Basketball, the definitive instructional book on basketball fundamentals. He has contributed nine op-ed pieces to the New York Times and has written for TIME Magazine and www.nba.com. For complete information about Oscar Robertson, please visit www.thebigo.com.

About the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation

The mission of the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation is to raise funds and create awareness for the treatment and cure of cancer. By engaging the community, sports leaders, and those touched by this disease, financial support is given to the development of cancer treatments, programs and services as well as the procurement of advanced medical technologies. 

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