HONOLULU, HI –Chaminade University announced that it will induct Carolyn A. Berry Wilson and the 1982-83 Men’s Basketball team into the Silversword Wall of Fame at its fifth annual intercollegiate athletics gala.  The event, which takes place on Friday, March 1, 2013, will start at 6:00 p.m. at the Ala Moana Beach Hotel (Hibiscus Ballroom).

Berry Wilson is the co-founder of Chaminade’s Hui ‘Āhinahina Booster Club, which serves as the main fundraising support for the University’s 10 sports programs.  Her annual support has played a major role in the development of the athletics program, as she continues to provide opportunities in the classroom and on the field of play for Chaminade’s 120 student-athletes.

The 1982-83 Men’s Basketball team will celebrate its 30th anniversary of one of the biggest upsets in sports history when they defeated #1 Virginia 77-72 on December 21, 1982.  Led by head coach Merv Lopes, the Silverswords did the unthinkable by taking down one of the most successful programs in college basketball, which included 7 foot 4 All-American Ralph Sampson.

The gala will feature keynote speaker Dave Odom, current chair of the EA Sports Maui Invitational Tournament.  Odom is the former head coach at Wake Forest, where he coached and mentored current NBA All-Star Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs.

KHON2 News sports reporter Kanoa Leahey will also be on hand serving as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

With the strong leadership of event chair, Dr. Edison Miyawaki, the athletics gala has raised over $575,000 in four years.  For more information on table sponsorships, please contact Ryan Hirata at (808) 735-4764.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 9681, which is its main campus. It also has nine satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711. ###

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