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Joey Cheek Honored at 14th Annual Iba Awards

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It's nice to see the honors still coming for local skater guy Joey Cheek, and that his good works continue. Looks like this award was received on June 4 in Tulsa, OK, and was presented by the Rotary Club of Tulsa in memory of the legendary Oklahoma State basketball coach Henry P. Iba.

From Dawn Staley, Chris Paul, Joey Cheek Honored at 14th Annual Iba Awards - Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers:

Joey Cheek, Olympic gold medalist speed skater, was the second recipient of the President’s Award. The first President’s Award recipient was Coach John Wooden in 1994. Cheek also received a $10,000 check to his favorite charity, the Where Will We Be organization.
[...] Cheek won a gold medal at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy in the 500 meter speed skating, and a silver medal in the 1,000 meter race. He won a bronze medal in the 1,000 at the 2002 Olympics. After receiving the gold medal, he deflected questions about his victory and instead spoke about genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. He announced a $40,000 donation to help set things right and challenged others to match his efforts. He joined forces with Right To Play, an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sports as a tool for the development of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world and has helped raise over $1 million for charitable causes. Cheek’s Where Will We Be organization’s goal is to bring together the world’s greatest Olympic and professional athletes to put international pressure not only on Sudan, but also on those countries that support the policy of inaction in the face of this dire humanitarian crisis.

It's worth noting also that one of the two other athletes honored was basketball player Chris Paul, point guard of New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, and also a native of the Roadskater.net environs. Chris grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, and attended Wake Forest University, which is right around where the T2T training ride at Ken's Bike Shop will be held this weekend. So two of three awards presented in Tulsa went to Triad natives. I think us locals are allowed to be proud of that. (The third went to basketball player Dawn Staley, a Philadelphia native and currently head coach at Temple University.)

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