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Roy Williams to speak at SD All-Star Awards Ceremony

03/21/2018, 12:00pm CDT
By Sanford Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Hall of Fame basketball coach Roy Williams will be the featured speaker at the South Dakota All-Star Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. on April 7.

Williams has won three national championships as head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels and has coached in nine Final Fours. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

“Roy Williams is one of the greatest coaches in all of sports, and we are thrilled he is coming to speak at the Sanford Pentagon,” said Jesse Smith, director of operations at the Sanford Pentagon. “This event will be a special evening for the student-athletes and their families and hearing Coach Williams speak will definitely add to that experience.”

Kirk Hinrich, lead sports academy specialist at the Sanford Pentagon, played for Williams at Kansas University where he was an All-American and led the Jayhawks to the Final Four in 2002 and the NCAA men’s championship game in 2003. Hinrich played an instrumental role in bringing his former coach to Sioux Falls.

“KELOLAND Media Group is thrilled to welcome legendary college basketball head coach Roy Williams to next month’s Sanford Pentagon/KELOLAND Media Group All-Star weekend,” said Travis Fossing, KELOLAND sports director. “After more than four decades of coaching, including three national championships at North Carolina, Williams can offer stories and insight others do not have. We’re looking forward to an amazing evening with Coach Williams.”

The All-Star Awards Ceremony is part of the Sanford Pentagon/KELOLAND Media Group All-Star Weekend set for April 7-8.

During the ceremony on April 7, high school players of the year will be announced.

All-star games featuring the top girls and boys players in the state will take place April 8, beginning at 1 p.m.

Admission to the awards ceremony is free.

Tickets to the all-star games will be available at the Sanford Pentagon.

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