Representatives of the University of Central Arkansas, past and present, and Hendrix College are the 2013 recipients of the Pitts-Delph Awards as presented by the Conway Athletic Awards Commission.
Henry Hawk, a former standout athlete at UCA, is the Elijah Pitts Award honoree for career achievement. The 2013 Marvin Delph Awards for sportsman of the year and sportswoman of the year will be presented to UCA baseball coach Allen Gum and Hendrix track and field star Elizabeth Krug.
Hawk, a Conway native, was a star in both football and track at UCA. He played in the Canadian Football League and later coached the high school and college ranks. He has continued his athletic career as a world-class distance runner on the masters level. He was elected to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Gum led the Bears to the Southland Conference tournament championship and the program’s first NCAA tournament berth. The Bears came within one game of advancing to the Super Regional, losing to eventual national runner-up Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss.
As a junior, Heber Springs native Krug was named an All-American and capped off her year by winning the Division III national championship in the heptathlon in May.
“Henry is truly one of the finest athletes the state of Arkansas has ever produced. He has excelled at a high level for over half a century,” said CAAC chairman David Grimes.
“Both our Marvin Delph Award winners are examples of how local coaches and athletes are making a name for themselves, and for Conway, on the national sporting stage.”
Pitts was a graduate of Conway’s old Pine Street High School and played with the Green Bay Packers in the 1960’s, helping them win the first two Super Bowls. Delph won back-to-back state championships with Conway High School before leading the Arkansas Razorbacks to the 1978 NCAA Final Four as part of the famed “Triplets.”
The awards will be presented at the annual CAAC luncheon to be held January 19, 2014, at Central Baptist College’s Mabee Student Center. Tickets are $25 and may be obtained by calling 501-932-5813.
Several eighth-grade students from Conway schools will also be honored with the annual Marvin Delph Student-Athlete Awards.
Proceeds from the luncheon will be donated to the Braves Field project to build a special needs baseball complex in Conway.