Cavs Black Achievement Night to Honor Ohio Greats

CLEVELAND, OH - February 9, 2011 - On Friday, February 11th versus the Los Angeles Clippers at The Q, the seventh annual Black Heritage Celebration (BHC), presented by State Farm, will continue with Black Achievement Night, presented by PNC Bank. The Cavaliers will welcome back a special group of former Cleveland athletes and leaders, who will be honored at halftime with a ceremony recognizing their vast accomplishments on and in their respective fields. This year’s group of honorees include:
  • Paul Hill is the CEO/President of East End Neighborhood House, a 102-year old non-profit youth and family services organization in Cleveland. In that role for the last 29 years, Hill has established many programs and policies, including the National Rites of Passage Institute in 1993, which has helped provide mentoring and support to over 10,000 children and youth in neighborhood and community-based programs throughout the country.
  • One of the more memorable players in Cleveland Browns history, Joe “Turkey” Jones, spent seven of his 10 seasons with the Browns, rushing opposing quarterbacks from the defensive end position.
  • An accomplished dancer, director and choreographer, Cleveland native Dianne McIntyre attended the Ohio State University earning a degree in dance before heading to Broadway in 1970. McIntyre’s work has earned her three New York Dance and Performance Awards, an Emmy nomination, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Charitable Trust.
  • Drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 30th overall pick of the 1973 NFL Draft, Greg Pruitt spent nine of his 12 seasons with the team, earning Pro Bowl honors on four occasions (1973-1974, 1976-77) as a Brown. The running back/kick returner was a two-time All-American at Oklahoma and was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. He remains among the leaders in Browns franchise history in rushing and scoring.
  • A two-time all-star and Cleveland Indians Hall of Famer, Andre Thornton spent the final 10 seasons of his 14-year baseball career with the Indians. He finished his career with 244 doubles, 253 home runs and more walks (876) than strikeouts (851). He was honored with the Roberto Clemente award in 1979, which best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and team contribution and won the Silver Slugger award in 1984. He remains active in Cleveland with a successful management business and sits on boards for Leadership Cleveland and Cuyahoga Community College.
The 2011 BHC will conclude its signature series with Gospel Night on Friday, February 25th at 7:30 p.m. versus the New York Knicks.