Jim Henderson to be honored Tuesday at special GNOSF QB Club Luncheon

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Jim Henderson

Legendary broadcaster Jim Henderson, former LSU star Nick Hazard, Tulane offensive coordinator Doug Ruse, University of New Orleans basketball coach Mark Slessinger and Warren Easton head coach Jerry Phillips are the featured speakers at the weekly Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Rock ‘n’ Bowl, 3016 South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans.

A native of Rochester, NY, Henderson arrived in New Orleans in 1978 and served as Sports Director at WWL Television for well 35 years. He moved to WVUE, Fox 8 in 2012. Henderson has been part of New Orleans Saints broadcasts since 1982, serving as the play-by-play voice of the Saints on the New Orleans Saints radio network for most of his 36 years on the job. Henderson has won many National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association awards and New Orleans Press Club awards, including the organization’s Lifetime Achievement award.

Henderson was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year. He will be formally honored at the Quarterback Club luncheon for this honor with a video presentation.

Hazard starred at Jesuit High School before playing linebacker at LSU from 1984-87 under Bill Arnsparger and Mike Archer. He has served as Vice President of Crescent Crown Distributing for over 14 years.

In his second season as offensive coordinator at Tulane, Ruse came to the Green Wave with Willie Fritz from Georgia Southern. He served in the same capacity at Georgia Southern and with Fritz at Sam Houston State. Previously, Ruse was an assistant coach at Western Illinois, Arkansas State, Northwestern State and at his alma mater, Northest Missouri state.

Mark Slessinger

A native of Bloomington, Ind., Slessinger enters his seventh season as the head coach of the Privateers. He guided UNO to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1997 a year ago. Slessinger graduated from Aurora University. Slessinger previously served as an assistant coach at Northwestern State, Northland Pioneer College, Central Michigan and Aurora.

In his second season as the head coach at Warren Easton, Phillips took over as head coach in 2016 after serving four seasons as defensive coordinator. Phillips was an outstanding player at Karr and was a star linebacker on Tulane’s undefeated team in 1998. He was part of two state championship basketball teams at Karr.

Speakers from the New Orleans Saints, LSU, Tulane and Prep football will address the audience weekly, along with special guest speakers from the sports world locally and nationally.

A local high school player of the week is chosen throughout the season with a metro prep player of the year announced at the end of the season, sponsored by the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Lunch is served weekly every Tuesday.

In addition, Chevron sponsors student-athletes of the week each week, who receive plaques and recognition for their accomplishments in the classroom.

Annual standard membership is $50. Luncheons are $20 per person for members and $25 per person for non-members for the 16 week schedule (Aug. 29-Dec. 12). Click here to buy luncheon tickets online.

CrescentCitySports.com serves as the official web site of the GNOSF Quarterback Club while Compliance Technology Group remains a presenting sponsor, along with Strength Systems and WGSO 990am. Weekly releases and the list of weekly speakers can be found at CrescentCitySports.com.

The Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club has teamed up with GameDay magazine to provide you the opportunity to purchase every 2017 Saints regular home game program for one subscription price with proceeds benefiting the Quarterback Club. Just click on this link to order and they will mail you the program on the Friday prior to the home games.

This is an excellent way for you to support your QB Club and receive the beautiful first-class magazine of the New Orleans Saints.

For more information on joining the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club, contact Stan Kottemann at (504) 908-6080 or at skotlaw@aol.com.

For more information on the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Membership program, visit GNOSports.com or contact Tricia Lowe at (504) 619-6114 or at tlowe@gnosf.org.

**The GNOSF Quarterback Club also offers a season ticket package, covering dues and all 15 luncheons for a significant savings over the course of the season.

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started NewOrleans.com/Sports with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became SportsNOLA.com. On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch CrescentCitySports.com. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…

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