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Presidio Sports- In the coming weeks, the sports awards season reaches a peak with the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table’s 48th annual Hall of Fame fête and the induction of the second class into the Santa Barbara Basketball Court of Champions.

 

There are impressive and inspiring stories about each honoree at these events. A few individuals receive the rarest of distinctions: Legend. Jerry West, a true NBA legend, was the guest of honor at last year’s inaugural Court of Champions banquet. Among the 22 honorees were two of his old coaching friends, Bill Bertka and Gary Colson, and players like Jamaal Wilkes and Brian Shaw, who won championships in the glory days of the Lakers. West concluded his after-dinner remarks with this endorsement: “Let’s make it bigger and better next year.”

 

The Class of 2015 will be honored on Sunday, May 31, at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. It would be hard to find a more diverse and accomplished group than these 17.

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