Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Selmon Inducted Into CoSIDA Hall of Fame

NORMAN, Okla. -- Dewey Selmon became the third Oklahoma Sooner football player inducted into the College Sports Information Director's of America (CoSIDA) Academic Hall of Fame Tuesday night in San Francisco. The event took place during the annual CoSIDA Convention. Selmon became the third OU football player to be so honored. His brother, Lee Roy, was inducted in 1993 while Jack Mildren followed in 1998. Dewey, an Academic All-American in 1975, has devoted his life to youth and service. Active in a number of community efforts, he chaired one of the local fund-raising campaigns that helped with the construction of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. He held the position of Norman Housing Authority commissioner and led fund-raising efforts for Norman's Food and Shelter for Friends, a homeless shelter. Selmon also has served as a United Way volunteer for a number of years, was a basketball coach at Community Christian School and served as a Sunday School teacher for a number of years. He also has been involved in fund-raising campaigns for the American Lung Association, the Ronald McDonald House and the Children's Miracle Network. Since 2005, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Shine Foundation, a group started by his children that serves to meet the needs of people around the world. The group has focused on war-torn areas of West Africa and Selmon has made several trips to that area to build a school for the orphanage that serves as home for the hundreds of children left without parents after years of conflict in that part of the world. The other three inductees in this year's class were football standout Dr. James Kovach, '78 of the University of Kentucky, basketball standout Adonal Foyle, '99 of Colgate University and Connecticut College rowing star Anita DeFrantz, '74.
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