“Chuck Cooper: Hall of Famer and Barrier Breaker” will debut on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh on Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Monday, January 18 — at 5:00 p.m. The 60-minute program celebrates the life and Hall of Fame career of basketball pioneer Chuck Cooper, the first African American ever drafted by an NBA team, as well as the 10th anniversary of the Chuck Cooper Foundation.
The show, which is being presented by UPMC, was produced by the Chuck Cooper Foundation and Baker Public Relations in cooperation with AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh. “Chuck Cooper: Hall of Famer and Barrier Breaker,” hosted by Rob King, will air nine times this month and six more times in February.
The January schedule is as follows: Monday, January 18 at 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m.; Thursday, January 21 at 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 23 at 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, January 24 at noon; Tuesday, January 26 at noon; Thursday, January 28 at 4:00 p.m.; Friday, January 29 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, January 31 at 3:00 p.m. Dates and times for February airings have not yet been determined.
“This program is a great avenue for sharing the incredible story of Chuck Cooper,” said Chuck Cooper III, President & CEO of the Chuck Cooper Foundation. “It’s an honor to have the show debut on Martin Luther King Jr. Day since my father was a barrier breaker and trailblazer on and off the court. I’m grateful to UPMC and AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh for their roles in helping to bring the show to sports fans of the region.”
“Chuck Cooper: Hall of Famer and Barrier Breaker” features rare video and photographs, and tributes from Celtics legends Bob Cousy and Bill Russell, NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, Duquesne basketball coach Keith Dambrot, Pitt basketball coach Jeff Capel, and many others. It also includes the presentation of the Chuck Cooper Foundation Leadership Award to Koppers President & CEO Leroy Ball, Eckert Seamans CEO Tim Hudak accepting the Chuck Cooper Foundation Trailblazer Award on behalf of the firm, and scholarships being awarded to four graduate-level students from local colleges. In addition, PNC is recognized as the presenter of the Chuck Cooper Foundation Leadership Program.
10TH ANNUAL CHUCK COOPER FOUNDATION AWARDS DINNER POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS
Scholarship awards and the acceptance of future scholarship applications have also been postponed until further notice.
The 10th Annual Chuck Cooper Foundation Awards Dinner, which had been scheduled for March 25 at the Jim Beam Left Field Lounge at PNC Park, has been postponed due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus. The rescheduled date for the fundraising event has not yet been determined. Notification of scholarship awards have also been postponed until further notice.
Honorees for the 10th Annual Chuck Cooper Foundation Awards Dinner will be Koppers Inc. President & CEO Leroy Ball (Chuck Cooper Foundation Leadership Award), Eckert Seamans (Chuck Cooper Foundation Trailblazer Award), the Boston Celtics (Chuck Cooper Spirit Award) and PNC (sponsor of Chuck Cooper Foundation Leadership Program). In addition, scholarships will be presented to graduate-level students in need at Pittsburgh-area colleges and universities to help them achieve their educational and professional goals.
“The decision to postpone the event was made based on the latest information available regarding COVID-19, recommendations from the CDC and local government leaders and our desire to be abundantly cautious,” said Chuck Cooper III, President & CEO of the Chuck Cooper Foundation. “We look forward to reconnecting with our sponsors, supporters and scholarship recipients in what we hope will be the near future.”
The 10th annual Chuck Cooper Foundation Awards Dinner will also celebrate Chuck’s induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which took place last September, and the 10th anniversary of the creation of the foundation by Cooper’s son — Chuck Cooper III.