Former Missouri coach Norm Stewart will be honored April 11 with the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award during the College Basketball Awards banquet at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Stewart’s own battle with colon cancer led to a fundraising partnership with the American Cancer Society that eventually became the basis for the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Coaches vs. Cancer initiative.
That program has raised more than $100 million for cancer research since its inception.
Stewart was invited to the White House by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and was honored with an American Cancer Society Courage Award.
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During 32 seasons as the Tigers’ coach, Stewart won eight Big Eight championships and guided to the program to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances.
He won a record 246 conference games in Big Eight/Big 12 play and is tied with Kansas coach Bill Self with a record six conference tournament championships.
Stewart, who ranks No. 23 all-time in coaching victories, was a five-time Big Eight coach of the year, the UPI national coach of the year in 1982 and the Associated Press national coach of the year in 1994.
He went 97-42 in six seasons at Northern Iowa before going 634-333 after taking over at Missouri in 1967.
Stewart was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 and elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.
The College Basketball Awards ceremony also will include the presentation of the Oscar Robertson Trophy to the men’s national collegiate player of the year, the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award, the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award and, for the first time, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award to the women’s college basketball player of the year.
For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, contact Scott Hill at 405-640-0406 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.