College basketball: Michigan State's Tom Izzo to receive Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: January 16, 2013 at 9:45 am •  Published: January 16, 2013
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Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo will be honored as the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award.

The award will be presented at the 2013 Devon Energy College Basketball Awards April 15 in Oklahoma City.

Izzo, who has spent nearly two decades as the head coach at Michigan State and has led his team to a national championship and six trips to the Final Four, will be honored the same night as the Oscar Robertson Player of the Year, Henry Iba Coach of the Year, and Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year.

The event will be held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and is presented by Devon Energy and produced by Access Sports, an Oklahoma City based non-profit charitable foundation.

The Tisdale Humanitarian Award honors an individual involved in college basketball who has made a significant positive impact on society. Dick Vitale received the inaugural award in 2011 and Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski was honored last year. The award's namesake, Wayman Tisdale, died in May 2009 after a two-year battle with cancer.

“Few coaches in collegiate athletics have endured and excelled like Tom Izzo,” says David Gillikin, 2012 chairman of the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award Advisory Board. “His record of achieving the highest levels of success on the court together with his focus and success in graduating his players and positively impacting the community make him the ideal selection and adds another very significant name to the growing list of Tisdale Humanitarian honorees.”



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