Former NBA star and current Marshall University assistant men's basketball coach Chris Duhon will be the guest speaker at this year's "Light of the Valley" luncheon set for Aug. 13 at Wheeling Park's White Palace.
The annual event, sponsored by the Wheeling YMCA, raises money for the YMCA's efforts to provide athletic programs for disadvantaged youths who otherwise couldn't afford to participate. Among the Wheeling YMCA's offerings for children are day camp and afterschool care, youth sports and aquatics. The organization doesn't turn away any youth whose family can't pay for the services.
Duhon first made a name for himself as a member of the Duke University Blue Devils basketball team from 2000 to 2004. He went on to play for the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Orlando Magic before ending his career in 2013 with the Los Angeles Lakers.
In April, Marshall head basketball coach Dan D'Antoni hired Duhon as an assistant. Duhon, 31, is a native of Slidell, Louisiana.
West Liberty University men's basketball coach Jim Crutchfield will be honored during the luncheon with The Dr. Lee Jones Patron of Youth Award, an award honoring someone whose life reflects his or her contributions and dedication to the quality of life for the youth and families of the local community.
Crutchfield has been WLU's basketball coach since the start of the 2004-05 season, and he previously served as an assistant basketball and head tennis coach there.
Before coming to WLU, Crutchfield was the head basketball coach at Cameron High School - where he racked up the most wins of any coach in the school's history.
Past winners of the Patron of Youth award are Oglebay Foundation Chief Executive Office G. Randolph "Randy" Worls; the Most Reverend Bernard W. Schmitt; local businessman Bob Robinson; chief executive officer of Ogden Newspapers Inc. and chairman of the Pittsburgh Pirates Bob Nutting; local businessman Gary West; the Ohio County Commission; and local businessman Robert C. Contraguerro Sr.
Those wishing to attend the luncheon or purchase a congratulatory message for the luncheon program should contact YMCA executive director Mike Panas at 304-242-8086.