This Year’s Event

Hall of Fame Tuesday, October 23rd
6pm Strolling Dinner and Auction
7:30pm Ceremony
Jewish Community Center

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Honoring 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Ken Daniels

Ken began calling Detroit Red Wings games for Fox Sports Detroit in 1997. And since that time he’s earned recognition from fans and peers: in 2002, Detroit Free Press readers named him best play-by-play announcer; in 2006, he won his first Michigan Emmy, and in 2003 and 2010, he was named Michigan Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Also in 2010, he received the Detroit Sports Media’s Ty Tyson Award for excellence in Sports Broadcasting. And in spring 2013 Ken was named Top Sportscaster in Michigan in a Detroit Free Press poll.

Ken’s career began in Canada in 1989 while at CJCL Radio, and in 1991 became a host of Hockey Night in Canada on CBC-TV.

In 2017, Ken published his autobiography, “If These Walls Could Talk – Detroit Red Wings.” He’s working on a second book, this one focusing on America’s opioid epidemic. The impetus for the book is the death of Ken’s son, Jamie, who died from an overdose in 2016. Ken co-founded the Jamie Daniels Foundation dedicated to ending the shame and stigma surrounding drug addiction.

Todd Gesund

Todd attended North Farmington High School where he began playing football as a sophomore, and by his senior year was a two-way starter playing wide receiver and defensive back and was selected team MVP. He was recognized with multiple awards including All-Area First Team, All-Lakes Division First Team, All-Metro North First Team, and All-State Honorable Mention.

Todd accepted a football scholarship to Grand Valley where he was a four-year letterman, and three-year starter. He set GV records of most receiving yards in a quarter with 121 (1990) and receptions in a single season with 49 (1992). He was a co-captain on the 1992 Conference Championship team and was selected All-Conference First Team. He finished fifth all-time in Grand Valley receiving with 85 receptions, 1297 yards, 15.26 yards per reception, and eight touchdowns.

Todd served on the Board of Trustees and various young adult committees at Temple Israel, and is involved with football by running and assisting in youth programs, as well as working with young athletes on their fitness, proper diet and nutrition.

Dana Jacobson

Earlier this year Dana completed her fourth season as sideline reporter for The NCAA Tournament, and earlier this summer CBS News named her a new co-host of “CBS This Morning Saturday.”

Dana graduated from U of M and began her career in Traverse City. She also worked in Sacramento as a weekend sports anchor before landing a job at ESPN as a studio anchor and then became an anchor on “SportsCenter.” She also continued in sports radio, filling in on “Mike and Mike” on ESPN Radio.

At ESPN she was part of the team that revamped “Cold Pizza,” building the show into one known for its interviews and off beat approach. Dana also became anchor of “XCenter” before returning to “SportsCenter” in 2012.

In January 2013 Dana helped launch CBS Sports Radio as one of its morning show hosts. She also joined CBS Sports TV working on the “Jim Rome Show” along with “Inside College Football & Basketball” on CBS Sports Network. In 2015 Dana gave up radio to return to TV full time with CBS “Sports and Spike.” As the host of “PBC on Spike” beginning in 2015 Dana is believed to be the first female boxing host for a nationally televised program.

Michael Jacobson

Mike grew up playing football and tennis, and led Berkley High’s football team as a senior year to its first winning season in 20 years. Piling up 879 yards in total offense, he rushed for 554 yards and caught 21 passes for 325 yards. Mike earned All-League, All-Area, All-County and Honorable Mention All-State.

Carrying his football mentality onto the tennis court allowed Mike to achieve a national tennis ranking. At Berkley, he played number number-one singles all four years. He had a 47-1 record in dual meets, and in Southeastern Michigan League meets, he compiled a 30-0 dual meet record and won all four league tournaments he played in.

Mike continued tennis at University of Colorado where he played number-one singles and doubles, and earned CU Athlete of the Week and Big Eight Player of the Week honors.

Since that time, Mike has continued his success on the courts of Franklin Hills, winning the Club Singles Championship 12 times.

Mike supports Federation and serves as Co-Chair for the Care House Gala, which helps families in Southeastern Michigan families cope with abuse.

Albert “Al” James Nagler (Z”L))

Al grew up playing sports in Elmira, New York. In 1928 he enrolled at University of Detroit were he was student manager of the varsity football team and, as a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi, organized intramural sports competitions.

Al was also U of D’s Athletic Department publicity director. And that’s when he got his big break. In 1931, WJBK was in the market to hire a football announcer. Leading candidates auditioned by calling the play by play of a U of D scrimmage game. Al was not an applicant but had the keys to the stadium press box, so he was called to open it and decided to hang around while the six aspirants auditioned. Intrigued, he asked to try out. He ended up getting the job.

That chance encounter led to a 29-year sports media career as play-by-play broadcaster and sports director at WJBK and WXYZ.

Al was a member of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association and served as its president from 1951 – 1952. He was subsequently honored as a DSBA lifetime honorary member. Al finished his career as publicity director for the Windsor Raceway. He died in Windsor in May 1988.

Arn Tellem

Arn is Vice Chairman of Palace Sports & Entertainment, which includes the Detroit Pistons. He joined PS&E in 2015 following a distinguished career as one of the top player agents in sports. He has broad responsibility for business strategy, planning and development. In 2017 he served as chief negotiator in the Piston’s return to Detroit.

He spearheaded numerous community partnerships earning national recognition. Committed to making an impact in Detroit, the club’s community relations efforts were recognized by ESPN as a finalist for its 2016 Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year.

Arn began representing professional players in the early 1980s. In 1989, he founded Tellem & Associates, which was acquired in 1999 by SFX Entertainment. Arn served as CEO of SFX Sports until he joined Wasserman Media Group. He joined the Detroit Pistons following nine years there.

Arn’s accolades include: in 2004 and 2005 he was the only NBA player agent named as one of The Sporting News’ “50 Most Influential People in Sports Business;” in 2006 Sports Business Journal named him the Most Influential Agent in Sports; and in 2013, Forbes ranked him the most powerful agent in basketball.

Shirley and Alvin Foon Humanitarian Award

Lisa and Jim Price

Pillars of Excellence

Robert Brown

Sports Commissioner and Manager

Gary Lincoln

Coach and Athletic Director

Elliot “Butch” Parnes

Umpire

Richard “Dick” Rosenthal

Coach and Athletic Director

Lenny Waldman

Coach

Jewish News Outstanding Athlete

Jessica Stone • Benjamin Jacobson

Dr. Steven(Z”L) and Evelyn Rosen Stars of Tomorrow

Gabe Cohen • Ari Eizen

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