Former Marquette Basketball All-American George Thompson To Be Recognized By National Association Of Black Journalists

Milwaukee - Former Marquette basketball All-American George Thompson has been selected as a recipient for the Pioneer Award from the Sports Task Force of the National Association of Black Journalists when that organization holds its annual convention in Milwaukee, July 31-August 4. The Pioneer Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, Aug. 2, from 5:00-6:30 p.m., at the Midwest Express Convention Center.

The Pioneer Award, the Sports Tasks Force's most prestigious honor, is presented to athletes or coaches who are from or rose to prominence in the city in which the NABJ has its convention in. The Sports Task force is comprised print, broadcast and online sports journalists from across the nation.

Thompson starred at Marquette from 1966-67 through 1968-69 and still holds the school's all-time scoring record with 1,773 points. Named an All-American his junior and senior seasons, he still ranks No. 1 on MU's career scoring average ladder (20. 4 ppg) while holding down the No. 3 spot on the field goals chart (658).

After a professional basketball career, he has distinguished himself in the private sector and serves as the Vice President for Corporate Communications/Community Relations at Briggs and Stratton, a post he has had since 1995. Prior to his current position, he served as the company's Director of Corporate Communications from 1983 through 1994.

Thompson has been active in community affairs and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee World Festival, the Children's Health Education System, Inc., and the Wisconsin Tobacco Control Board. Past boards he has served on include the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Red Cross, Urban Day School, and the Private Industry Council.

Thompson, who has provided radio coverage of Marquette Basketball for 23 years, is an inductee to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. He was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Silver Anniversary All-American Team. In addition, he has been the recipient of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's African American Community Leadership Award.

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