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DETROIT COUNTRY DAY TO HONOR FRANK GIFFORD ON MARCH 31

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 BEVERLY HILLS, Mich., March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Country Day School will present its 1993 National Scholar/Athlete Award to ABC Sports commentator Frank Gifford at a dinner on Wednesday, March 31, at 6 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton in Dearborn.
 "Country Day confers this award annually to perpetuate the scholar/athlete tradition in education by publicly honoring those who exemplify its values," said DCDS Headmaster Jerry Hansen. "The tradition recognizes athletics as an extension of the classroom in the development of men and women of strong character and keen intellect."
 This is the 13th year Country Day has presented the award. Past recipients include Lou Holtz, Dave Bing, Joe Schmidt, Duffy Daugherty, Bill Freehan, Terry Barr and Bo Schembechler.
 The dinner honoring Gifford will be emceed by WJR Radio personality J.P. McCarthy and will feature remarks by friends of the honoree. Tickets are $100 per person. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the school at 313-646-7717. All proceeds will benefit Detroit Country Day School.
 A 22-year member of the broadcast team for ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football," the highly respected Gifford is host of "ABC Wide World of Sports" and has covered numerous Olympic Games, Winter Olympics and Super Bowls. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in July of 1977, in recognition of his brilliant career with the New York Giants. Later that year, he won the Emmy Award as television's Outstanding Sports Personality for 1976-77. He also is a member of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1975 for his gridiron exploits at the University of Southern California, where he earned All-America honors as an offensive and defensive back.
 A champion of charitable causes, Gifford received the Christopher Award for his work on "ABC Wide World of Sports" coverage of the 1983 International Special Olympics. The Multiple Sclerosis Society of New York honored him in 1984 with its Founders Award, which included a research grant of $100,000 in his name. In 1985, the NFL Alumni presented him the Career Achievement Award for "demonstrating the higher values of football through his career and after." He received the March of Dimes Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989.
 Gifford earned All-Pro honors six times as a halfback for the Giants and was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1956 when he led the Giants to the World Championship. He was voted seven times to the NFL's Pro Bowl and was MVP in the 1959 game. In 1964, his final playing season, he was named Sportsman of the Year.
 Among his Giants records that still stand are most touchdowns (78) and most yards gained pass receiving (5,434). He scored 484 points during his 12-year career, leading the Giants to two titles in his last three years as a player. He also holds the Giants record for career rushing, with 4.30 yards per carry.
 Gifford is the author of several books, including "Gifford on Courage" -- the stories of ten of the most courageous athletes he knows. He and his wife, Kathie Lee, live in New York City and Connecticut with their son, Cody Newton, born March 22, 1990.
 Detroit Country Day is an independent, college-preparatory school offering a prekindergarten through 12th grade program on four campuses located in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area. The school was founded in Detroit in 1914. The student body is drawn from throughout southeastern Michigan and Canada and represents a wide spectrum of ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds.
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 /CONTACT: Pat Hochstein of Detroit Country Day School, 313-646-7717/


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