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St. John's Head Coach Presented John V. Mara Award at 79th Annual Event

June 5, 2015

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QUEENS, N.Y. -- St. John's head coach Chris Mullin received the John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award on Thursday at the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Club of Champions Tribute. Honorary Co-Chairs of the event, His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan and John K. Mara, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Football Giants, were presenters of award at the 79th annual event held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan. 

Duke Castiglione, sports anchor for FOX 5 New York, served as Master of Ceremonies. Raymond Quartararo, Managing Director of Global Real Estate, JP Morgan Chase & Co., was the Gold Medal Award Honoree, while Jeanne Mullgrav, Executive Vice President, Capalino+Company, was the recipient of this year's Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award. 

The John V. Mara award is given to an individual who has exhibited exceptional sportsmanship throughout his or her career. During his acceptance speech, Mullin credited his experience participating in CYO at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Brooklyn for "instilling core values that influenced his life and career". 

"I am honored to receive the John V. Mara Award," said Mullin. "Throughout my career, I had the opportunity to play for great coaches and teammates who also displayed tremendous respect for the game of basketball. It is humbling join an impressive list of sports figures who have previously received this award, especially legendary coaches Vince Lombardi and my mentor Lou Carnesecca, who made lifelong commitments to shaping young people in a positive way."

Previous recipients of the John V. Mara Award also include St. John's alumnus John Franco, Arthur Ashe, Jr., Joe Torre, Tom Seaver, Julius Erving, Yogi Berra and Eli Manning. 

One of the great collegiate and NBA players of all time, Mullin was inducted to both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. A two-time gold medalist who ranks seventh all-time on the USA Basketball Olympic scoring list, Mullin was first enshrined in Springfield in 2010 as a member of the 1992 United States Olympic team, also known as the original "Dream Team."

Mullin starred at St. John's from 1981-85 under Hall of Fame Head Coach Lou Carnesecca. The most decorated player in program history, Mullin is St. John's all-time scoring leader with 2,440 career points. He is the only player in conference history to be named BIG EAST Player of the Year three-times (1983-1985). 

One of New York City's greatest players, Mullin led Xaverian High School to a New York State Championship in 1981 and was named New York State "Mr. Basketball" and a McDonald's All American that same year.

Nearly thirty years after leading St. John's to the 1985 Final Four, Mullin was named the 20th head coach in program history on April 1, 2015. He returned to his alma mater after a 16-year NBA playing career and spending almost a decade working in NBA front offices. Mullin was a five-time NBA All-Star and garnered All-NBA honors four times, including a selection to the All-NBA First Team in 1992. He spent his career with the Golden State Warriors (1985-97, 2000-01) and Indiana Pacers (1997-2000).

About Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)

CYO reaches out to the youth of the Archdiocese through its Youth Ministry programs and retreat centers, through hundreds of local sports programs and cultural activities, and through community centers. In offering this variety of spiritual and recreational growth opportunities, the people of CYO join together to help promote lives of promise and hope.

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