Former Saint Steve Gleason Receiving Dave Dixon Award
Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in 2011 and its been a battle for him ever since but despite all he's gone through he's been able to do some amazing things.
This weekend at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame he'll be receiving the Dave Dixon Award. He won't be able to be present on Saturday night in Natchitoches, LA but he'll certainly be there in spirit.
Blair Casey, associate director of Team Gleason explained why Steve won't be able to attend in person,
“He had a sports camp this week because just when you think he can’t do enough, with two foundations that he has and being a husband and father and us taking him all over the United States, he put on a life skills camp, he made a decision to take it easy because he had been sick. He’s been pretty exhausted, we’ve been trying to tell him to calm down and he’s finally starting to listen a little bit.”
The Dave Dixon Award is annually presented to an individual who has played a decisive role as a leader in sports or administrator who has benefited Louisiana and/or bringing credit to the state on the national or international level. In the past, winners have included the likes of, Paul Hoolahan, executive director of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and James Andrews, noted orthopedist who has made significant contributions to sports medicine.
The 2018 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame class is a prestigious one including the likes of former NFL receivers Reggie Wayne and Brandon Stokley, former LSU and 18-year major league pitcher Russ Springer, and former NBA champion Larry Wright. In the high school ranks, football coaching legend Lewis Cook and Jerry Simmons who coached tennis at Lousiana-Lafayette and LSU. There is also the late Paul Candies (a member of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame), graduate of Northwestern State and very well known Louisiana broadcaster Lyn Rollins, and award-winning Lake Charles sportswriter Scooter Hobbs (Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism).