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Len Elmore to speak at URI Honors Colloquium Sept. 20

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

Former NBA player, current broadcaster and attorney to address ‘Race and Sport’

KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 9, 2005 -- Len Elmore, a former All-American basketball player at the University of Maryland, NBA player and now commentator for CBS Sports and ESPN, will discuss “Race and Sport” at the University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The talk, part of the free public lecture series, “Contemporary Sport: Obsession or Healthy Pursuit,” is at 7 p.m. in the Chafee Social Science Center, Barry Marks Auditorium, Room 271. The colloquium is a project of the URI Honors Colloquium.
Now an attorney in New York City and college basketball commentator, he is known as one of the most thoughtful commentators on the issue of sport and race.

He has worked at ESPN for more than eight years and has been a commentator for CBS Sports’ coverage of the NCAA tournament for seven years. He played in the NBA for eight years with the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and New Jersey Nets and played two seasons for the ABA Kansas City Kings.

The CBS Sports website reports he graduated from the University of Maryland in 1974 where he was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference player and an All-American in 1974. In 2002, the 50th Anniversary of the ACC, Elmore was chosen as one of the ACC's Top 50 Players of all time.

Elmore graduated from Harvard Law School in 1987 and began his law career as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is currently senior counsel with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae in New York City. He currently serves on The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Reform, the NCAA's College Basketball Partnership, the University of Maryland Foundation Board of Trustees, the Board of Sports Lawyers Association and The NBA Retired Players Association, for which he was recently elected president.

Elmore was a gubernatorial-appointed member of the state of Maryland's Tourism Development from 1994 to 1999. He is a New York City native and was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.

Major sponsors of the colloquium are The Providence Journal, Theta Chi Fraternity, URI Honors Program, URI President’s Office, Institute for International Sport, URI Office of the Provost, URI College of Arts and Sciences, URI College of Business Administration and the URI Division of University Advancement.

Co-sponsors are the URI Department of Athletics, Multicultural Center, College of Nursing, College of Human Science and Services, College of Pharmacy, Office of Student Affairs and Women’s Studies Program.

For more information, visit www.uri.edu/hc or contact the URI Honors Center at 401-874-2381 or debg@uri.edu. Please see attached schedule for full information on dates, times and locations.

The Honors Program at URI offers learning enrichment opportunities that broaden and enhance the undergraduate educational experience. The program features small classes, a nationally renowned honors colloquium, national scholarship advising, and in-depth study and research with faculty mentors. All major national scholarship competitions are available to selected students.

Continuing URI students must maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average or receive permission from the Honors Director.

Open access to the Honors Program continues for qualified students throughout their undergraduate years. About 900 URI students participate in the Honors Program.