2009 - Chick Hearn Scholarship

On Sunday, November 23rd the Los Angeles Lakers, Marge Hearn and USC Annenberg School for Communication recognized Jeremy Hall and Matthew Landes as the winners of the Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship for 2009. Marge Hearn, Chick’s widow, and Geneva Overholser, Director of the School of Journalism, presented the award to the students during halftime of the Lakers-Sacramento Kings game. Sunday’s game was chosen as Chick Hearn Night because it was the game closest to the date of Chick’s birthday.
The annual scholarship is funded by an endowment established by the Los Angeles Lakers in memory of Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Chick Hearn, who died in 2002. In addition to major gifts from the Lakers and Marge Hearn, hundreds of fans contributed to the scholarship fund at USC Annenberg. The endowment now totals more than $200,000.

“Of all the honors that Chick received, I believe he would have been most proud of this scholarship,” Marge Hearn said. “He never was able to complete his own education and he would have been very pleased that students like Jeremy and Matthew have the help they need to pursue their dreams.”

This year’s recipients exemplified excellence in sports journalism. Jeremy Hall is a senior from Montebello, CA. He is pursuing a B.A. in broadcast journalism, with a minor in business administration. Jeremy is the sports multimedia director at Annenberg TV News, USC’s nightly student-produced newscast. In addition to his work on the newscast, he oversees the sports section of the Annenberg TV News website and has worked as an intern with Fox Sports West. When not reporting on sports, Jeremy is involved in coaching from the sidelines. He spent 2 years coaching basketball for his alma mater, Alhambra High School.

Mathew Landes is a senior from Vista, Ca. He is pursuing a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism, with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Matthew is also involved with Annenberg TV News, as the producer for the Wednesday broadcasts. Matthew’s sports news experience is international. This past summer, Matthew worked with NBC’s track and field unit at the Beijing Olympics, where he helped produce more than 40 profile packages. Matthew has also done field work for Los Angeles’ ABC7, covering the Lakers, Dodgers and Angels.
Along with the scholarship, the students will have the opportunity to intern at Fox Sports Net, working on Lakers broadcasts and other projects. The Lakers applaud both recipients for their work and wish them great success in the future!

The public may continue to contribute to the fund to help deserving journalism students seeking careers in sports broadcasting. Donations may be sent to USC Annenberg Chick Hearn Fund, USC Annenberg School for Communication, 3502 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281
Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the USC Annenberg School for Communication is among the nation's leading institutions devoted to the study of journalism and communication, and their impact on politics, culture and society. With an enrollment of more than 1,900 students, USC Annenberg offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism, communication, and public relations.

Book Drive Summary
The Los Angeles Lakers and Marge Hearn would like to thank all of the generous fans who showed their support for literacy by Children's Book Donationsdonating a new children’s book on Sunday. Over 500 children’s books were collected at the game.  All books were collected in memory of Chick Hearn, and will be donated to local Lakers Reading Rooms. The individuals who donated the books will also be remembered for their generosity. The names of the donors were written on donation-recognition stickers and affixed to the inside cover of the donated book. Now, every child who opens that book will see the name of the thoughtful Lakers fan!

The Lakers recognize the importance of literacy to a child’s future success. Children's Book DonationsSince the creation of the NBA’s league-wide Read to Achieve program in 2001, the Lakers have contributed significant funding, time and resources to promoting literacy, inspiring children to develop a life-long love of reading and encouraging adults to read aloud to children. In addition to book drives, the Lakers also conduct an annual reading challenge open to elementary students, arrange Reading Time Outs where members of the Lakers All-Star Reading Team read aloud to children, and create Lakers Reading Rooms and Learning Centers.