Tommy Hawkins died on August 16th. I met Tommy Hawkins a number of years ago when I was the sponsor of the John Wooden College Basketball Player of the Year Award.
I don’t think I ever met or new a better man than Tommy Hawkins. He was incredibly kind, friendly and the most open and honest human being I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
His athletic career was excellent but he was a better person. He was humble and he only saw good in people. My most enjoyable time during my relationship of the famous Wooden Award was the opportunity to meet and talk with Tommy Hawkins. He was a true hero, in my mind and will be missed by many.
Below is a picture of Tommy, Coach Wooden, Steve Hathaway and myself during one of the Wooden Award presentations.