The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce plans for the upcoming NFL Kickoff and Basketball Tip-Off Luncheons, which are presented annually by Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company.

The NFL Kickoff Luncheon will feature current St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk serving as the keynote speaker. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 25th at the University Plaza Convention Center in Springfield. Faulk, a native of New Orleans, LA, and collegiate star at San Diego State University, was drafted in 1994 by the Indianapolis Colts. Prior to the 1999 season, he was traded to St. Louis, where he helped guide the Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans. As the catalyst for "The Greatest Show on Turf,” Faulk was named the NFL`s Offensive Player of the Year for three years in a row from 1999-2001. He set the NFL record for yards from scrimmage in 1999 with 1,381 rushing yards, and 1,048 receiving yards for a total of 2,429 yards. Faulk was named the NFL MVP in 2000. From 2001-2005, Faulk’s rushing numbers include 891 carries for 4,020 yards and 33 touchdowns. As a receiver, Faulk has caught 267 passes for 1,969 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Former St. Louis Hawks star Lenny Wilkens will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame during the Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon on Thursday, November 10th at the University Plaza Convention Center in Springfield. With the honor, Wilkens becomes the first member of the Hall of Fame to be inducted at an event separate from the annual Enshrinement Ceremonies each February. Wilkens’ NBA playing career spanned 15 years (St. Louis, Seattle, Cleveland, and Portland) and culminated with his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989. Wilkens holds the rare distinction of coaching all of the teams that he performed with as an NBA player. His coaching resume includes winning the World Championship with Seattle in 1978-79, passing the legendary Red Auerbach as the winningest coach in league history in 1995, and leading the 1996 USA Dream Team to the Olympic gold medal. He won 1,120 games during his NBA career, which spanned five decades. Wilkens is the only individual to be selected to the NBA’s Top Ten Coaches in league history and 50 Greatest Players lists. He is one of only two individuals (John Wooden) enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and as a coach.

Tickets for the luncheon events are on sale now. Tables of eight are $400, head table seats are $100, and individual tickets are $35 each. For more information or to order tickets contact the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame offices at (417) 889-3100.

Talk about FANTASTIC news!!!! MOM works at this hotel, the luncheon is on MY birthday, and just 3 days before hers!
Mom is already planning on wearing her Faulk jersey in his honor...

YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!