One of the greatest basketball players of all time, Oscar “The Big O” Robertson, will receive the 2015 Scheels Sports “Nice Guy” Award, according to Banquet Chairman Paul McCann. The presentation will be made at the 50th Annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 6:30 pm at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin. “The Big O,” as he was affectionately known, played for the Milwaukee Bucks from 1970 until his retirement in 1974. A twelve-time NBA All-Star, eleven-time All-NBA selection and 1964 NBA Most Valuable Player, Robertson is one of the game’s greats. Robertson retired as the all-time leader in triple-double games and having collected more career rebounds than any guard in NBA history. In addition to breaking many NBA records, Robertson was a three-time NCAA scoring leader and led the 1960 U.S. Olympic men’s team to the gold medal. As the longest-serving President of the National Basketball Players Association, Oscar Robertson successfully let its campaign for free agency, which ultimately resulted in free agency for all professional athletes.
Each year the Scheels Sports “Nice Guy” Award is given to an athlete who has excelled at their sport on a national stage, all the while, showing great sportsmanship and honor to the sport. In addition to the naming rights of the award, Scheels Sports, known for their first class customer service along with the world’s largest selection of sports, sportswear and footwear also sponsors the Red Smith Committee’s annual special grant(s). These grant(s) help fund the development of new or expanded youth sports programs, new or improved youth sports facilities, or other special youth sports programs and events.