Anthony Belli (CCNY Class of 57') received the Austin Ahmed Lifetime Service Award in appreciation to an individual for lifelone dedication, support and service to the City College Athletic Program.
Anthony will be honored at CCNY's Athletics Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at 5:30pm.
Congratulations Anthony! Go Beavers!!
So proud to announce that I have been selected to be this year's recipient of the Mark Asa Abbott Award for Service to Alma Mater, my CCNY. The award is in memory of a varsity Hall of Famer.
I've been looking into Mark's history and found a single entry online. Known as "Ace" Goldstein, maybe for his shooting ability, he was born Morris Goldstein in the Bronx in 1917, Mark played 3 years at forward in the 1930s under legendary coach Nat Holman, who, according to the CCNY website, "introduced a street-smart style" of basketball at CCNY, that became known as the "city game." So I guess it's safe to say that Mark Asa Abbott played a street-smart game. Nice connection; me, too!
Mark played 10 years for the Jersey Reds in the first professional basketball league, the ABL. Holman brought his street-smart style to professional basketball and changed the game forever over an 80-year career. Incredible. It's such a great honor to receive this award.