World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame Enshrines Steve Largent
Seahawks Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent, NBA World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Smith, and National Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew were enshrined in the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame at it’s 12th annual induction ceremonies in Meridian, Idaho, a suburb of Boise.
The three humanitarians were inducted into the Humanitarian Hall not for their success on the hardwood, gridiron or diamond, but for their commitment to give back to the communities in which they played and live.
The Humanitarian Hall of Fame annually inducts individuals who are world-class in athletic ability, role models in their community and have a strong record of humanitarian efforts. Since 1994, thirty-five sports humanitarians have been enshrined in Boise.
“True champions have ideals that exceed fame, affluence and self-promotion,” said Larry Maneely, president of the board of the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame to an audience of over 700 at Mountain View High School. “They exhibit the character to sacrifice for the benefit of others, going beyond doing what is easy, to doing what is sometimes difficult – but is right and good and honorable,” he said. “Tonight we cheer for those who have done more than put points on the score board. We are inspired by more than record books, moved by stories that show tangible proof of the ‘heart’ of tonight’s champions.”
Tulsa native Largent, 52, was honored for over three decades of community achievement – spanning an NFL career, public service in the United States Congress and life in the private sector.
Throughout his life, Largent has been active in the community. At the University of Tulsa, he was a Young Life student leader, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was named one of eight Outstanding Seniors by the school’s alumni board.
His community service includes work with Children’s Hospital – Seattle, Salvation Army, Spina Bifida Association, March of Dimes, United Way, Wheelchairs for the World Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. Largent’s efforts on behalf of CTIA – The Wireless Association includes work with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Amber Alerts/National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Largent set six career records and earned seven trips to the Pro Bowl during a 14-year career with the Seattle Seahawks. When he retired in 1989 he had caught more passes for more yards and more touchdowns than any player in NFL history.
“I am greatly appreciative of your recognition of me,” said Largent, who was presented for induction via video tape by Idaho Governor-elect Butch Otter. “I didn’t come here to get an honor. I don’t need another trophy at my house. My purpose was to come here and recognize the work that many athletes across all sports do to give back to their communities. We need to be recognizing the responsible behavior in our country and our culture,” he said. “I’m here to applaud you, the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.”
The World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame (www.SportsHumanitarian.com), located on the Boise State University campus in Boise, Idaho, recognizes individuals and organizations from the world of amateur and professional athletics who, through their humanitarian efforts, distinguish themselves as role models in the community.