Former Hamilton College men's basketball player Staunton Peck '06 will receive the Mannie Jackson Basketball Human Spirit Award annual scholarship at the Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2009 enshrinement ceremony in Springfield, Mass., on Thursday, Sept. 10.
The scholarship is valued at $5,000 and is awarded to a student that is pursuing a master’s degree in a sport management field. The scholarship criteria requires students to maintain a 3.0 grade point average while using basketball as a tool to give back within their respective communities.
Now in its third year, the Mannie Jackson Basketball Human Spirit Award has evolved into an honor that recognizes both national and local or regional grassroots efforts. The award depicts an individual’s commitment to the game of basketball and its role in community service that transcends personal reward and literally challenges the human spirit.
A number of former NBA players and current NBA and college coaches will be honored during the hall of fame weekend including: Michael Jordan, David Robinson, John Stockton, Alonzo Mourning, Bob Lanier, Jerry Sloan and C. Vivian Stringer.
Peck was an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for the past two seasons while he pursued his master's degree. He will be an assistant coach at Vassar College during 2009-10.
At Hamilton, Peck was a two-year starter and four-year letter winner. He played on teams that won 77 games and advanced to two NCAA tournaments (2003, 2006). He finished his career with 550 points, 366 rebounds, 161 assists and 111 steals.