NORFOLK, Va. – NBA Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore will serve as the keynote speaker at this Friday’s Norfolk State men’s basketball annual tip-off dinner, set for 7 p.m. at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Deadline to sign up for the event is noon on Wednesday.
Gilmore replaces George Gervin, another NBA Hall of Famer who was set to speak at this year’s third annual dinner. Gervin will be unable to attend due to unforeseen health issues. NSU great Rudy Peele will still be in attendance as a special invited guest.
Tickets for the dinner go for $75 per person or $520 for a table of eight, a savings of $80 off the collective single-person price. The ticket price includes dinner and access to raffle prizes.
VIP tickets are also available, which include an early entry for photos and autographs with Gilmore. The VIP ticket also includes special seating.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for the event for VIP ticket holders and 7 p.m. for general admission ticket holders. The Chesapeake Conference Center is located at 700 Conference Center Drive, just north of Interstate 64 off Greenbrier Parkway.
Dinner choices are Tilapia and Chicken Piccata or Beef and Salmon Au Poivre.
Gilmore was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. An 11-time all-star between the ABA and NBA, he remains the NBA leader in career field goal percentage at 59.9 percent. He competed for two seasons at Jacksonville University, leading the Dolphins to the 1970 NCAA Championship game. Gilmore holds the NCAA D-I record for career rebounds per game at 22.7.