PITTSBURGH — President Frank Coonelly will accept the club’s award for a commitment to assist minorities at the annual Chuck Cooper Awards Luncheon.

The luncheon, on Feb. 18 at the Lexus Club of PNC Park, will be hosted by the Chuck Cooper Foundation, organized in 2011 to honor the former Duquesne basketball standout who in 1950 became the first African-American player drafted by an NBA team (Boston).

Previous winners of the award — formally called the Chuck Cooper Career Achievement in Leadership, Diversity and Community Service Award — are longtime Steelers scout Bill Nunn Jr. (2011), Bill Strickland of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (2012), and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and his wife, Kiya (2013).

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