2018 Induction Dinner April 23rd

 Presented by AJQ Sports Management & Marketing

Master of Ceremonies - Roger Neel - WNBF Radio and Sports Director

Featured Speaker - Earl The Pearl Monroe

Earl Monroe Biography:

Earl Monroe is a Hall of Fame basketball player and was voted one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1997. He was the 1968 Rookie of the year, 4-Time NBA All-star and a member of the 1973 Championship New York Knickerbocker team. After a successful career in basketball, Mr. Monroe has spent more than 30 years in the entertainment industry, from producing off-broadway musicals to running his own record and publishing company. Mr. Monroe also won the coveted

Peabody Award for producing the critically acclaimed documentary "Black Magic", which helped launched the ESPN series, "30 for 30".

As a senior collegiate basketball player, Earl led his Winston-Salem State College

Rams to a 31 and 1 record and the NCAA College Division championship. He lead the nation with a 41.7 ppg average as WSSC became the first HBCU to win a NCAA national title. Earl was voted College Division Player of the Year and Sporting News' first team All American. He was the only college division player to achieve such an honor along with Lew Alcindor, Sonny Dove, Elvin Hayes and Jimmy Walker. Upon graduation he was the second overall pick in the first round of the 1967 NBA draft by the Baltimore Bullets. He is the highest NBA draft pick from a small college in NBA history.

Mr. Monroe is a frequent motivational speaker and has written two books, "Earl the Pearl, My Story" and his most recent endeavor, a self-help book about the importance of finding yourself called, "Getting Back In The Game". Mr. Monroe also has two honorary Doctorates. One from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY and the other from his alma mater, Winston-Salem State University, in North Carolina. He also does TV and radio commentary for the NY Knicks. Mr. Monroe has been a spokesperson for such companies as Emblem Health, American Heart Association, Boehringer-lngelheim and most recently, Merck, where he led an award winning campaign called, "Diabetes Restaurant Month". He's traveled around the country to deliver the message of the importance maintaining a healthy diet when eating out to people with type 2 Diabetes. He now runs Reverse Spin Entertainment Group, which is an entertainment, sports and consulting firm.

Mr. Monroe is known throughout both the sports and business worlds as a consummate professional for his tremendous energy and work ethic as well as has philanthropic and community activities. He's received coverage for his ventures in

The New York Post, New York Times, New York Magazine, The New York Daily News, The Village Voice, The Sun Sentinel and Bloomberg TV.

Earl resides in Harlem, USA with his wife, daughter and grandson.

 2018 Class of Inductees



  • Olympian in the Four-Man Bobsled (1992, 1994)
  • 5-Time NCAA D-III Track & Field All-American (Binghamton University)
  • Set NYS Sec.-IV 100 Meters Standard (1984-2002) & Holds 100 Meter Record (10.6 Secs.) at Vestal HS


  • Softball Catcher, 5-Time US Olympic Festival Championships & Coach (1980)
  • Played 18 Yrs. w/ Raybestos Brakettes (1,139 - 91 Record), 2 World Championships
  • Inducted into HOF's: NYSHSS; Section - IV; and Union-Endicott HS


  • Member 1st USA Men's Wrestling Team to Win Greco Roman World Championship
  •   NYS Wrestling Champion and 2x NCAA All American at Binghamton University
  •  Undefeated (36-0) at Maine-Endwell HS, NYS Wrestling Champion



  • Head Wrestling Coach at Binghamton University (9Yrs.) - 7 Teams Ranked Top-25
  • Wrestler at BU 112-18-2 Record, 3x NCAA D-III All American, National Champ'88
  •  Maine-Endwell HS (108-12), 4 STAC & Class A Titles, 2 Sec.-IV Championships




  • Head Boys Soccer Coach at Vestal HS (469-88-38 Record)
  •  NYS Class "A" Soccer Champion (1982) and Co-Champions (1985)
  •  National NHSACA High School Soccer Coach of the Year (1990)



  •  Won the 1974 B.C. Open Golf Tournament in a Playoff over Bruce Crampton
  • Last Golf Club Professional to Win an Official PGA Tour Event
  •  Professional Tour Wins - 6; Won Alaska State Amateur 2x (1965, 1966)



  • NBA Professional Basketball Player (Syracuse, Fort Wayne, Detroit) - 6 Years
  •  Won NBA Championship with Syracuse Nationals in 1955
  • Played NCAA D-I Basketball at St. Bonaventure Univ. and Inducted HOF (1971)


           FRANK LITTLE


  • US Olympic Trapshooting Team Member - 1964; US International Teams 5x
  • International All American 3x, Won International Style Championship 2x
  •  Member of Hall of Fames: ATA (1987); NYS Trap (1985); PA. Trap (1988)



  • Partner & Executive VP of Operations for Binghamton Devils Ice Hockey Team
  • Played / Administered Ice Hockey for over 55 Years
  • Drafted by the NHL Minnesota North Stars (1968) - Played Professionally - 4 Years



  • Founded & Coached the Union-Endicott HS Wrestling Program
  • At UEHS, Achieved 419 Dual-Meet Coaching Victories, NYS #1 Team 2x,
  •  11 STAC Championships, 7 NYS Individual Champions
  •  Member of HOF's: National Wrestling; NYS Sec.-IV; CNY Wrestling, UEHS


  • Chairman and CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods - 610 Stores, 27,550 Employees
  • DSG is the Major Sponsor of the Dick's Open Champions Golf Tournament
  • Built $160M. DSG Distribution Center with 450 Jobs for the GB Community


  • Binghamton University Men's Tennis Coach 246-124 Record (20 Years)and America East Coach of the Year 3x, 14 All Americans
  • Founder of the $50,000. USTA Men's Pro Tennis Challenger Tournament
  • Tennis Player at University of Wisconsin-Madison - Big 10 Champions 1978


  • Basketball Coach at Union-Endicott HS and Endicott Seton Catholic HS with 323 Wins - 25 Years
  •  Won 8 Section-IV Championships at UEHS; Won STAC Championship -Seton
  • Inducted into NYS Basketball Hall of Fame - 2003


  • USA Olympic Bobsled Team Member 3x (1988, 1992, 2014)
  •  6-Time National Champion - Bobsled
  • Team Will Set & Holds Olympic Bobsled Record for Fastest 60 Meter Starts in the World (5.92 Secs.) - 1992
  • US Olympic Committee Coach of the Year - 1996


  • Broke NYS Pole Vault Record 8x, Culminating in a Record Setting Vault of 16'-1" that Lasted 19 Years, Still Holds Section-IV Record
  • Won 4 NYS Federation Pole Vaulting Championships
  •  Holds Middle Tennessee College's Indoor & Outdoor Pole Vault Records
  • Member of HOF's: Section-IV (1990); Susquehanna Valley HS (2008)

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