Venturi to Receive Lombardi Symbol of Courage Award

Washington, D.C.-----San Jose State golf great Ken Venturi will receive the 2007 Lombardi Symbol of Courage Award, Saturday, November 3, at the 22nd annual Lombardi Gala on the Georgetown University campus.

The event honors remarkable individuals such as the 1964 U.S. Open champion and one-time CBS-TV Sports golf analyst and benefits cancer research, education and treatment at the university’s medical center and hospital.

Venturi will be honored with former White House press secretary and cancer survivor Tony Snow and entrepreneur John Safer. Snow will receive the Symbol of Caring Award; Safer, the Margaret L. Hodges Leadership Award for time, energy, leadership and resources devoted to the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The San Jose State Sports Hall of Fame Legend joins a group of sports stars such as Richard Petty, new Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre, cyclist Lance Armstrong and Olympic gold medal winner Peggy Fleming as past recipients of the Symbol of Courage Award.

Venturi’s greatest golf accomplishment occurred not far from Georgetown University when he won the 1964 U.S. Open at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. During his 10-year professional career, he won 14 PGA Tour sanctioned events and was named Sports Illustrated’s Man of the Year for 1964.

He is one of several pros expected to participate in the third annual San Jose State men's golf friendraiser, Monday, November 13, at the Cinnabar Hills Golf Course in San Jose. call Coach John Kennaday at (408) 924-1250 for more information.