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UC College of Business Alum, Oscar Robertson, Named "Great Living Cincinnatian

Submitted: 12/15/2010 12:18:16
  • Oscar Robertson, basketball legend and University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Business alumnus, will be one of four Cincinnatians honored on February 24 by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce as a "Great Living Cincinnatian.

The Great Living Cincinnatian Award will be presented to Oscar Robertson (the big O), for his basketball success and off-court leadership on February 24 at the Duke Energy Center.

The award comes during the 50th anniversary of Robertson's rookie of the year season with the Cincinnati Royals, 1960-61. He also earned the first of his three Most Valuable Player awards in the NBA All-Star game that season.

Others to be honored along with The Big O are the Honorable Sandra S. Beckwith, David C. Phillips, Oscar P. Robertson and John M. Tew, Jr., M.D.

The Great Living Cincinnatian Award is the preeminent local honor, and these four very worthy recipients join 122 prior honorees as the who's who of Cincinnati's leaders, says Ellen van der Horst, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Members of the class of 2011 can be characterized by the traits that drove them to succeed?progressive thinking and visionary leadership that led to breaking new ground. And while they all were successful in their respective professions, each also has had a significant impact on our region and beyond.

The Great Living Cincinnatian Award has been presented annually by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber since 1967. Recipients are chosen by the Chamber's senior council based on the following criteria: community service, business and civic attainment on a local, state and national or international level; leadership; awareness of the needs of others; and distinctive accomplishments that have brought favorable attention to their community, institution or organization.