Former Saint Joseph's basketball star Boo Williams will receive the Mannie Jackson Basketball's Human Spirit Award at the 2013 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony this weekend, September 7 and 8.
The Mannie Jackson award is given annually to an individual who has found the game of basketball as a contributing aspect to their personal growth and accomplishment, a place to develop an understanding of others, and an avenue that helped shape that individual's growth into a recognized visionary & leader.
Williams will be earning the award for the "Grassroots" category. The other Jackson Award recipients are Earvin "Magic" Johnson for professional and Pat Summit for amateur basketball.
Williams, who played for the Hawks from 1977 to 1981, founded the Boo Williams Summer league in 1982, which is a Youth Basketball Organization in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. Williams has coached and mentored over 2,500 student athletes both male and female. He also helped fund and build the Boo Williams Sportsplex, which is a multi-purpose, eight court, sport facility that hosts several basketball games throughout the year. In 2001, he was named Walt Disney Wide World of Sports Volunteer of the Year and he serves on the USA/ABA Cadet Committee for Development of Future Olympians.
A 6-8 center from Hampton, Va., Williams finished his SJU career with 1,554 points and 838 rebounds, which now ranks 14th and 12th all time, respectively. He averaged double figures in scoring all four seasons and was a three-time NABC All-District selection an All-Big 5 First Team honoree in 1980.
He was inducted into both the Big 5 Hall of Fame and the Saint Joseph's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.