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Celebrity Classic to Feature NBA Legend 'Spud' Webb

posted on May 31, 2006

Clarke College is pleased to announce that this year’s 18th annual Clarke College Celebrity Classic golf outing will feature NBA phenomenon  Anthony “Spud” Webb and KWWL Sports Director Rick Coleman. This year’s Celebrity Classic will be held on Monday, June 19, at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

Standing just 5-foot-7, the odds were always against Anthony “Spud” Webb on the basketball court. But he defied doubters with spectacular ball handling skills, dynamic jumping abilities and electrifying dunks – first at North Carolina State, where he made a name for himself in the Atlantic Coast Conference, then in the NBA, where he played most of his 12-year career with the Atlanta Hawks. Now, Webb is part of the professional speaking circuit, where he captivates audiences with his story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve what everyone but he thought he couldn't achieve.

All of his life, Webb was told he was too small to play basketball at the highest level. Even the Detroit Pistons doubted his talents, cutting him in pre-season camp after selecting him in the fourth round of the 1985 NBA Draft. With the Atlanta Hawks, “Spud” became one of the most beloved players in the NBA, winning the Slam Dunk Contest in 1986. He later played with the Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic.

Rick Coleman, sports director at KWWL-TV and a Waterloo native, has been a sports junkie all of this life. He has become one of the most recognizable faces in Iowa sports as anchor of KWWL’s SportsPlus, Friday Night Heroes, and Athlete of the Week programs. Coleman holds a degree in communications studies from the College of Iowa.

Proceeds from the Celebrity Classic fund seven $2,500 scholarships for outstanding area high school students planning to attend Clarke College. Scholarships are offered to one graduating senior of Hempstead, Senior and Wahlert High Schools in Dubuque, and one each to graduating seniors attending an accredited high school in Dubuque County and Jackson County, both in Iowa, Jo Daviess County in Illinois and Grant County in Wisconsin.

Scholarship recipients are chosen based on demonstrated academic success and evidence of involvement in church, school and community activities. They are also chosen based on a personal interview and submitted essay.

Golfing is still available during the morning shotgun start, which begins at 8 a.m. The event will conclude with cocktails, an auction and dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Registrations are $700 per foursome or $175 per person and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Dinner-only reservations are available for $60 per person. To make a reservation and to view exclusive on-line only auction items, visit www.clarke.edu/celebrityclassic. Reservations can also be made by calling the Clarke College Institutional Advancement Office at (563)588-6405.

Media requesting more information or for interview availabilities, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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