12th Annual “The Tradition” to take place Sept. 17 at TD Garden

Posted by Staff  July 16, 2013 09:48 AM

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BOSTON – The Sports Museums’ 2013 “The Tradition” ceremony will be held on Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the TD Garden.

The event, which since 2002 has been an annual fundraising event for The Sports Museum, is a gathering of the Boston sports community and will honor several prominent figures in Boston sports history, including Jack Nicklaus, Doug Flutie, Carlton Fisk, the Boston Celtics Ownership Group, Derek Sanderson, Aly Raisman, and Vince Wilfork.

The Sports Museum, a non-profit educational institution that preserves and showcases the history of sports in new England, will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Francis Ouimet’s U.S. Open victory in Brookline, and will be honoring Nicklaus with a Lifetime Achievement award for his career of accomplishments.

Flutie, the local college football and NFL star, will also be honored. The Natick-native won the Heisman trophy as quarterback of Boston College, played 12 seasons in the NFL, and made the Pro Bowl in 1998.

Fisk, anchor of the resurgent Red Sox teams of the 1970s who won the 1975 AL Pennant, will also be a Tradition honoree for his accomplishments in Boston, including his now-famous game-winning home run over the Green Monster in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.

After leading the rebuild of basketball tradition and Celtic Pride in Boston, that included a 2008 NBA Championship, the Boston Celtics Ownership Group of Wyc Grousbeck, Irv Grosubeck, Steve Pagliuca, and Bob Epstein will receive an honor as well.

Bruins legend Sanderson will be another honoree of the event. The always colorful Sanderson was a major part of the “big, bad” Bruins teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s that won two Stanley Cup Championships in three seasons and brought winning hockey back to Boston.

Needham-native Raisman, who won two gold medals with the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team, will round out the honorees, along with Patriots’ defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who will be the inaugural recipient of the Community Service Award given to a current Boston athlete for all of his or her charitable work in the community.

Tickets for the event cost $300 for reserved seating and $200 for general admission. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.sportsmuseum.org.

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