New York, NY — Add another honor for the late Don Haskins. The former Texas Western head basketball coach, and coach of the 1966 NCAA National Championship Miners, is one of three recipients of the Lapchick Character Award.
Haskins joins women's basketball pioneer Theresa Grentz and former Iowa and USC coach George Raveling.
The winners of the sixth annual awards were announced Monday. The award is named after the Hall of Fame coach Joe Lapchick, and it recognizes those who have shown the character traits of Lapchick, who coached at St. John's and with the New York Knicks.
The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Nov. 21 with the recipients honored that night during the 2K Sports Classic, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden.
According to the Joe Lapchick Foundation website, the Foundation would select an individual(s) from throughout the country that exemplifies the basic straight forwardness that Joe Lapchick demonstrated on a regular basis during his fifty years in sports—qualities that gained the respect of those who came in contact with him. Recipients of the award would best symbolize the characteristics written by poet Rudyard Kipling, when describing Lapchick’s ethical principles: “Lapchick’s life demonstrated courage, integrity, and a willingness to care for others at his own expense. He was never disrespectful, and he always tried to be fair to those he dealt with in life. He best could be described as a gentleman, and was often referred to as “Mr. Basketball.”