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RETIREMENT LIVING

Robby 'n' Roberts

Two honorees grace fundraiser. \

Awardees Frank Robinson and Jimmy Roberts are flanked by Hank
Greenberg's son Steve and ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap.

Steve Stein
Special to the Jewish News

F

rank "Robby" Robinson hit a
home run at the 21st annual
Hank Greenberg Memorial
Golf Invitational at Oakland Hills
Country Club in Bloomfield Township.
Robinson, a Hall of Fame Cincinnati
Red and Baltimore Oriole outfielder
and first baseman, served as a senior
adviser to Commissioner Bud Selig
and was Major League Baseballs' first
black manager. He received the Hank
Greenberg Award for athletic and per-
sonal achievements.
"Frank Robinson was terrific;
we couldn't have asked for a better
Greenberg Award honoree," said Hedy
Blatt, communications and events
director of the Michigan Jewish Sports
Foundation, which sponsors the invi-
tational.
"He was gracious, funny and he
was truly honored by the award:' she
added. "He doesn't do many of these
events. Only about one a year, and
they're usually for a cancer charity"
Proceeds from the invitational go to
benefit prostate cancer initiatives and
the MJSF/Karmanos Cancer Institute's
Genetic Counseling Assistance Fund.
Also feted was NBC Sports' Jimmy
Roberts, who received the Dick Schaap
Award for media excellence. Roberts
has been with NBC for 11 years after
12 at ESPN. He's won a multitude of
Sports Emmy Awards and worked 10
Olympic Games.
Dan Miller replaced Jeremy Schaap,
the late Dick Schaap's son, as dinner
master of ceremonies for the second
consecutive year because Jeremy was
called away by ESPN.
Jeremy was in Detroit the night
before the June 6 invitational for a
sponsor event, but had to.rush to
upstate New York early the next morn-

ing to cover the release of former NFL
star Plaxico Burress from prison.
"Jeremy couldn't get a flight back to
Detroit in time, so we asked Dan to fill
in as dinner emcee Blatt said. "He did
a wonderful job with one day's notice."
Miller, sports director and anchor
for WJBK Fox 2 television, pinch-hit
for Schaap last year with much more
notice because Schaap was in South
Africa covering the World Cup for
ESPN.
(For more on the event, see Danny
Raskin's column on page 35.)

Athletes Apply Now!
The deadline is rapidly approaching
for applications for the Jewish News
Male and Female Athlete of the Year
and Bill Hertz Memorial Scholarship
awards presented by the Michigan
Jewish Sports Foundation.
Applications must be received by July
8. They can be downloaded at www.
michiganjewishsports.org . Foundation
Executive Director David Blatt is avail-
able to answer questions at (248) 592-
9323 or hblatt@michiganjewishsports.
org.
The Athlete of the Year awards are
based on athletic achievement, most
often for a high school career.
One male and one female athlete
receive the Hertz Scholarship each
year. The award is based on financial
need, academic success and athletic
participation; and the money is used
to help offset tuition costs in a stu-
dent's freshman year in college.
Foundation officials sent about 100
letters to high school athletic direc-
tors and guidance counselors, rabbis
and Jewish Vocational Services in an
effort to reach possible award nomi-
nees. Winners will be notified by July
30. I

Send news to sports@thejewishnews.com .

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