The Colts Neck Sports Foundation (CNSF) will host its Inaugural Wall of Fame dinner on Friday, Sept. 28 at the Battleground Country Club.
This must-attend event will honor outstanding members of the Colts Neck community past and present, beginning this year with three-time Emmy Award-winning and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year Jim Nantz. In 2019, Nantz will be the lead commentator for Super Bowl LIII, Final Four and The Masters.
Jim grew up in Colts Neck. He worked as a caddy at Battleground and bagged groceries at Delicious Orchards. He has been the lead play-by-play voice for “The NFL on CBS” since 2004. In 2017, Nantz teamed with Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson; for 17 seasons prior, he teamed with Phil Simms on the number one NFL and Super Bowl announce team, including calling Super Bowl 50.
In August 2011, Nantz became the youngest recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.
Those are just few of the highlights of his amazing career, which also include a prominent role in Kevin Costner’s 1996 hit movie “Tin Cup.”
Nantz also wrote the New York Times bestseller “Always By My Side,” the story of his father, Jim Nantz Jr., and his 13-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The book’s foreword was written by one of Nantz’s father figures and dear friend, former President George H.W. Bush.
The Inaugural Wall of Fame dinner will feature delicious food and incredible live auction ticket and VIP packages to top sporting events such as Super Bowl LIII.
Founded in 1968, the Colts Neck Sports Foundation works in collaboration with the Township of Colts Neck and Colts Neck Recreation Department to provide sports activities from recreational to highly competitive travel leagues for Colts Neck residents.
Players participate at levels that parents and league officials feel are best suited for their development and enjoyment, with sportsmanship, friendship and skill development stressed at all levels.
The CNSF is run by community volunteers. Parents are encouraged to get involved with individual programs as a league head, coach, team parent, or referee.
CNSF is also putting an emphasis on upgrading the sports facilities, ranging from bathrooms at Bucks Mill, a T-ball field at Laird, upgrades to the Laird Field snack stand, and an indoor field house with basketball courts. The improvements will benefit children playing sports, and will allow the CNSF to host state tournaments, which will help promote Colts Neck and the local business community.
All proceeds from the Wall of Fame event will be allocated to the Capital improvements fund. For tickets to the dinner, visit coltsneckevents.org. To learn more about Jim Nantz, visit cbspressexpress.com/cbs-sports/shows/nfl-on-cbs/bios?id=jim-nantz.