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Jazz's Corbin honored with key to hometown

Published September 9, 2011 6:28 pm

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Press release:

The Columbia, S.C., City Council announced today that it will honor local sports hero and current Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin with a proclamation and will present him with a key to the city during its city council meeting on Tuesday, July 19 at 4 p.m. MT. The meeting and presentation will be held at Columbia's City Hall (1737 Main Street) and will recognize Corbin's achievements throughout his athletic career. "We are proud to have this opportunity to celebrate Tyrone Corbin and all he has accomplished both on and off the court," Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said. "He is one of Columbia's brightest stars and an example to our children of what is possible if you work hard and dream big."

A long-time favorite in his hometown, Corbin starred at Columbia's A.C. Flora High School playing alongside former NBA player Xavier McDaniel, before matriculating to DePaul University in Chicago. During a stand-out four-year career at DePaul, Corbin was a two-time honorable mention AP All-American and earned a degree in computer science. "Tyrone Corbin is a shining example of a scholarly athlete who successfully merged his talent with his education to propel him into the highest ranks among the National Basketball Association. We are proud of his accomplishments and his story is a great model for the young people of our community," stated At-Large Councilwoman Tameika Isaac-Devine.

"Congratulations to Ty. This is a well-deserved honor for someone who has excelled in life as well as his chosen profession of basketball," said Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor.