Hall Of Fame
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
FRANK "SARGE" SOROCHINSKY
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