All are welcome and admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Nantz will conduct a Q&A session to discuss various topics in sports and in life. For reservations, contact Brian Moroz at 704-953-9096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nantz has reached the pinnacle of the television sports broadcasting profession. No other broadcaster has broadcast a triple play of a Super Bowl, a Masters and an NCAA Championship game in the same year. Nantz has also been honored with the 2008 and 2009 Emmy for “Outstanding Sports Personality – Play by Play” and five times has been named the National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Nantz’s Charlotte area roots run deep. His father, Jim Nantz Jr was born in Mt. Holly and attended Guilford College on a football scholarship. His mother, Doris, is a Harding University High School graduate. Nantz was baptized at Providence United Methodist Church and his family has had a relationship with the Church for years.
In Nantz’s NY Times bestseller, Always By My Side, the 50-year-old Nantz fondly remembers spending childhood years with his father, Jim Nantz Jr, in North Carolina. The elder Jim’s North Carolina job with McLean Trucking eventually took the family to New Jersey and then on to Houston, where Jim was recruited to play golf on the University of Houston golf team.
It was in Houston that his golf aspirations waned and his broadcasting aspirations soared. Ultimately, his broadcasting gift and his hard work ethics led him to the network he dreamed of working for one day – CBS Sports.
Jim Nantz, Jr. passed away in June 2008 at 79 after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease for thirteen years. Earlier this year, his son launched the Nantz National Alzheimer’s Center (NNAC) with The Methodist Hospital in Houston in honor of his father. The NNAC is an all-inclusive center committed to accelerating the progress of cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research and treatment in hopes of one day finding a cure. (www.nantzfriends.org)