‘Iron Man’ Cal Ripken Jr. to headline 30th Winged Foot Awards Banquet

Cal Ripken will give the keynote address at the Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation Awards banquet on May 23.

BY CLAY W. CONE
CONE COMMUNICATIONS

Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. will headline the 30th Annual Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 23. The annual awards presentation, which recognizes the achievements of Collier County’s best scholar athletes, will take place inside The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, located at 2600 Tiburon Drive.

Ripken, 58, is a former shortstop and third baseman nicknamed “The Iron Man” for holding the record of most consecutive games played at 2,632. Over his 21-year career (all with the Baltimore Orioles), he compiled 3,184 hits, 431 home runs and 1,695 RBIs. Ripken was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. 

Ripken also is a best-selling author and the CEO of Ripken Baseball Inc. whose goal is to grow the love of baseball from a grassroots level. Since his retirement, he has purchased three minor league baseball teams, including the Charlotte Stone Crabs in Port Charlotte. Ripken remains active in charity work and is still considered an ambassador of the game.

The Winged Foot Scholar Athlete Award began in 1990 at the Collier Athletic Club as a vision to recognize the top senior scholar athlete from each of the high schools in Collier County. The first award was presented to Terry Dean of Barron Collier High School at a banquet featuring sportscaster Dick Vitale. The Winged Foot Scholar Athlete Award has become the most prestigious award a high school student can receive in Collier County.

Each of the county’s public and private high schools nominates its best senior scholar-athlete. Finalists receive a $5,000 scholarship. The winner, selected by a panel of Winged Foot Committee members and local citizens, earns a stunning trophy and $10,000 scholarship.

The banquet begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner and the awards presentation at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are available for $275 per person. A number of sponsorship opportunities also are now available. For additional information, contact Brooke A. Hornbeck at 239-280-3270 or email Brooke_Hornbeck@ajg.com.

Major sponsors of the 30th Annual Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation Awards Banquet include Barron Collier Jr. Foundation Inc., Iberiabank, Grant Fridkin Pearson, PA, Dr. Charles Karpas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, The Lutgert Companies and Gallagher Lutgert Insurance.