Theresa Grentz Among Presenters for the 2012 Lapchick Character Awards

James Brown, the host of CBS’ NFL Today, and longtime women’s college basketball coach Theresa Grentz are among the presenters for the 2012 Lapchick Character Awards.

Four members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame have been selected as the 2012 recipients of the Lapchick Character Award.

Cathy Rush. C.M. Newton, Morgan Wootten and the late Pete Newell were announced Monday as the coaches to be honored this year with the award named after the Hall of Fame coach and that is presented by a group that includes Joe Lapchick biographer and former player Gus Alfieri. It recognizes those who have shown the character traits of Lapchick, who coached at St. John’s and with the New York Knicks.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon at the New York Athletic Club on Nov. 15, and the honorees will be recognized that night at Madison Square Garden during the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Previous winners of the award, which was first presented in 2008, are Naismith Hall of Famers Lou Carnesecca, Dean Smith, Pat Summitt, John Thompson, Bob Hurley Sr., Pete Carril, Jody Conradt and the late Kay Yow, as well as Jack Curran, Gene Keady, Jim Phelan and Debbie Ryan. To learn more about the these legendary coaches click here.

The award is sponsored by D’Agostino supermarkets and contributing sponsors Primetime Limo, EOS and ICS.

You can purchase tickets and find out more at the Lapchick Awards website here.