By Alex LaGrone, Staff Writer
FLINT, Mich. – A press conference was held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Flint Public Library to officially announce the 2018 inductees to the Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame. The newly honored inductees are Mance Broome Sr., Terry Crews, Norman J. Graham Jr., Keith Gray, Lisa Horne, Ervin Leavy Jr., Beecher High School, 1985 Basketball Team and Flint Southwestern, 1975 Track Team.
Founder Norm Bryant announced the six individuals and two teams that made up the group.
Broome was a two-way starter as an offensive and defensive lineman at Central High School. His head coach, Joe Eufinger, called him one of the best he’s ever coached. He was named All-City and All-Saginaw Valley. He was the first Flint player to play in the State East vs. West All Star game in 1981.
Crews played football at Flint Academy. In 1991, he was drafted in the 11th round by the Los Angeles Rams. His sports career also entailed playing for the Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Crews earned an Art Excellence Scholarship to attend the prestigious Interlochen Center for Arts. He then earned a football scholarship to play football at Western Michigan, while majoring in art. Crews is better known for his acting career notably “Everybody Hates Chris”. Currently, he has a leading role in the hit show on Fox “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
Graham ran track and played hockey at Southwestern High School. He helped Southwestern win the 1977 Class A track championship. Graham ran the 440 and 880 relay teams. He set a CANUSA Games records in 1981 in the 400-meter relay and was a MAC indoor championship in the 300 meters. Graham retired from the Air Force after 32 years of service.
Gray was an All-State basketball player at Central High School. He helped lead the 1980-1981 team to a 28-0 record. Many consider this team as one of the best in Flint ever. Central won the state championship by the highest score ever in a championship game. Gray scored 27 points in that game.
Horne led Hamady to the schools’ first basketball championship in 1983. She scored a game high 31 points to lead her team. She was All-State in basketball in 1983-86 and All-State in track from 1984-85. She also received a scholarship to play basketball at Saginaw Valley State where she earned her degree.
Leavy played on a state championship basketball team at Central High. He went on to play at Central Michigan to team up with former NBA star Dan Majerle. The duo was known as Thunder and Lighting. Leavy was known as Lighting. Leavy noted he was unable to make any basketball team from the sixth grade thru the tenth grade. And now he is a member of the Hall of Fame.
Beecher won the 1985 Class B State Championship by beating Saginaw Buena Vista in double over- time. Key players were Roy Marble, Larry Harris and Courtney Hawkins.
Southwestern track team won the Class A state title in 1975. They were led by Booker Moore, Rodney Feaster, and Carl Word.
The 34th annual ceremony dinner honoring this year’s inductees will be held Sunday, March 25 at 4:00 p.m. at the Riverfront Banquet Center in Flint. Tickets are $45. For more information contact Mary Coleman, ticket chair at (810)-659-4693 or Norm Bryant at (810)-845-8546.