20th Annual

George R Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
8:30 AM

Featured Guests


Cazzie Russell

Keys to Life Winner


Clark Kellogg

CBS Sports- (Emcee)


Spencer Tillman

Fox Sports 1 - (Emcee)


Steven Curtis Chapman

Special Music Guest

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Keys to Life Award

  The Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” Award is named in honor of legendary basketball coach John Wooden. During his years at UCLA, Coach Wooden guided the Bruins to 10 National Championships (seven consecutive) as well as 19 conference titles. 

The Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” Award is presented annually to a member of the college or professional basketball community who lives out qualities exemplified by Coach Wooden; outstanding character, integrity, and leadership on the court, in the work place, in the home, and in the community. To learn more about Coach Wooden, visit his website.

2016 Winner

Cazzie Russell

Cazzie Russell grew up in Chicago and was the Chicago Sun Times Boy’s high school player of the year in 1962. He went on to earn All American Honors at the University of Michigan while leading them to three consecutive Big Ten Championships and two Final Four appearances, losing to defending National Champion UCLA and John Wooden. In 1966 he was the named College Basketball Player of the year averaging 30 points a game. Russell was the first player taken in the 1966 draft by the New York Knicks, and had a twelve year career in the NBA where he won the NBA Championship in 1970 with the Knicks and was named an All Star in 1972 with the Golden State Warriors. He went on to coach in the CBA and most recently at the Savannah College of Art and Design for thirteen seasons. He is currently an Associate Pastor at Immanuel Baptist in Savannah, Georgia.

Recent Legends Breakfast Highlights

Highlights from the 2012 Legends Breakfast with Clark Kellogg, Dale Brown, and Shaquille O'Neal


Presenting Sponsor


Full-Court Sponsors

All-Star Sponsors

Free-Throw Sponsors

Sponsor Opportunities

Presenting Sponsor: $50,000

Full-Court Sponsor: $25,000

All-Star Sponsor: $10,000

Free-Throw Sponsor: $5,000

The Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast is still accepting sponsorships for our 2016 event. It is our goal to work with you and/or your company to create a sponsorship package that works for your desired outcome. For more information, please contact Megan Soderberg at megan.soderberg@athletesinaction.org or 937-352-1061. 


Three Point Table

$2000 for table of 10
  • Premier Seating
  • Free Autograph Ball

Free Throw Table

$1000 for table of 10
  • Standard Seating
  • Free Autograph Ball

Three Point Ticket

$200 per seat
  • Premier Seating
  • Individual Ticket

Free Throw Ticket

$100 per seat
  • Standard Seating
  • Individual Ticket


Place your order online today or by calling 1-800-416-9473


Guest Information

  • Dress is business casual - jacket and tie not required.
  • The Breakfast starts promptly at 8:30 am and usually ends at 10:30. Doors open at 8:00 am. Please plan to arrive early. 
  • Each guest must show his or her ticket at the door. The table assignment is noted on the ticket. Please note that all ticket sales are final. 
  • We will have a silent auction the morning of the Breakfast featuring unique sports memorabilia and more! Please arrive early to place your bids! 

Parking Instructions

Parking is available at the Hilton-Americas garage on the corner of Avenida de las Americas and Polk St. at a rate of $20. The George R. Brown Convention Center is accessible from the garage via the skybridge on Level 2. 

For additional parking options and driving directions, please visit the George R. Brown Convention Center website


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