Calhoun Honored with Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award

UConn coach Jim Calhoun was honored by the Basketball Hall of Fame Monday for his devotion to community.

Calhoun, 69, was one of three recipients of the Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award, annually given to difference-makers at the professional, amateur and grassroots levels of basketball.  Phoenix Suns forward Grant Hill and Dr. Richard Lapchick were selected alongside Calhoun.

Here’s the release from the Hall of Fame:

“Jim Calhoun, University of Connecticut Hall of Fame Head Coach – Calhoun has used his success to champion many causes during his tenure at the University of Connecticut.  Having beaten cancer – twice, Coach Calhoun has devoted his time and money to help raise millions of dollars for cancer research and education.  In 1998, he and his wife established the Calhoun Cardiology Research Fund, donating $125,000 to the UConn Health Center.  Each year the Calhoun family host the Jim Calhoun Holiday Food Drive, which has raised over $1 million for the Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare, providing over 1.6 million meals to families in need. Since 1994, Calhoun has served as honorary chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, another example of his continued efforts to impact his community.  Jim Calhoun was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.”