WHEREAS, it is with immense pride and pleasure that we congratulate Wendell Hudson upon his recent induction into the 2001 Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, which recognizes athletics as an integral and extremely important part of learning teamwork, discipline, and good sportsmanship, and the many people responsible for instilling these ideals and values in not only themselves, but also the youth of today; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Hudson, who was one of seven inductees into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, was instrumental in leading Parker High School into the first integrated state high school basketball championship in 1969 and, over the years, he became the first African-American to play any sport for Alabama; and
WHEREAS, he won the SEC player of the year in 1972 and 1973 and helped lay the groundwork for three consecutive SEC titles at the University of Alabama, where he graduated and was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bulls; and
WHEREAS, after his pro career, Mr. Hudson coached at Ole Miss, Baylor, Rice, and North Alabama and, with his widely acclaimed list of achievements, he was named the head women's basketball coach at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, where he later became an assistant athletic director and athletic director; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Hudson also provides exemplary leadership as the Women's Director for the National Junior College Athletic Association Region V and coached the McLennan Women's Golf Team to a National Junior College Championship; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Hudson is indeed an exemplar of extraordinary leadership ability and significant achievement, who is entirely deserving of induction into the 2001 Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That in recognition and gratitude for outstanding contributions to Alabama's youth and to athletics, and upon his induction into the prestigious 2001 Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, we hereby most highly commend Wendell Hudson, for whom a copy of this resolution shall be provided with tribute and esteem.