On March 31. 2012, Dr. Tae Yun Kim, a member of the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, received the 2012 Humanitarian award. The room was filled with a Who’s Who from various sports, and with people who were there to be a part of the history in the making.
The MC’s for the event were local celebrities, Pam Moore and Vern Glenn from KRON 4 TV. Vern actually trained under Great Grandmaster many years ago. He shared the story about how he used to commute from Marin to Milpitas to attend classes. (that’s about an hour and a half drive one way, on a good day).
Those that were inducted into the Hall of Fame this year are: Coach Ben Tapscott, Bob St. Clair, Harry McCalla, Coach Hodari McGavock, Jim Tunney, Renel Brooks-Moon, Whitney Reed and Craig Morton.
Those that received Community Honoree Awards this year are:
Dr. Tae Yun Kim, Carolyn Hoskins, Capus Hope, Thomas Booker and Lee Webb.
I’ve attended a lot of awards dinners and usually many of the participants are more focused on the food and conversation than the purpose of the event. I’ve been to a few where the presenters actually had to spend several minutes trying to get the attention of people who were talking while awards were being presented. Flat out rude, IMHO.
This event, however, was full of appreciation, honor and humility. For most of the recipients, their first words out of their mouths were to thank God and recognize that without God, they would not be where they were.
As soon as the awards started, there was so much focus towards the inductees and honorees, I was impressed. They shared beautiful stories of how they worked with their teams, victories and losses. Coach Ben Tapscott was moved to tears while he spoke and we all sat breathless, spiritually all holding his hand as he continued.
The crowd completely resonated with Dr. Kim and the feelings of oneness and connection to each other was very beautiful to experience! It was a night to remember!
It isn’t often that I have the experience of being in a room filled with such prestigious people who all were so supportive of everyone in the room. Frankly, I was one of the few Caucasian’s in the room and I felt the night was more about humanity and human-beingness, than race or social stature. Skin color was just color- it didn’t mean anything more or less. That is a big victory for humanity in my book.