NBA Hall of Famer and Miami Heat co-founder Billy Cunningham, a long-time resident of Jupiter, will be the guest speaker at The Sports Club of The Palm Beaches luncheon on Monday at 11 a.m.
Tickets for the event at the Palm Beach Kennel Club can be purchased online at pbkennelclub.com or at the door. Tickets are $20 and include a lunch buffet and soda/tea. A cash bar will be available.
Cunningham, an All-American at the University of North Carolina, spent 11 years with the Philadelphia 76ers and Carolina Cougars, winning a championship as both a player and a coach in the NBA. An eight-time NBA All-Star, he was part of the original team that was awarded the expansion Heat in the mid-1980s. He recently was named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team.
Monday’s lunch will celebrate the history of the Heat, who open their NBA second-round playoff series against the 76ers Monday night, the growth of collegiate and professional basketball in South Florida and the overall impact of sports on the region.
The club’s final event of the spring season will be on Monday, May 23, and will be a reveal of a special project by The Palm Beach Post in conjunction and cooperation with the Palm Beach Sports Commission and other area business and civic leaders.
The Sports Business Club of The Palm Beaches is South Florida’s premier sports organization focused on educating about the value of sports in local businesses. Each month, the club plans to cover a new topic in sports and feature some of the best speakers in the sports industry throughout South Florida.