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Pitino named Louisvillian of the Year

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - University of Louisville Men's Basketball Coach Rick Pitino now has another honor to add to his list.

The American Advertising Federation named Pitino their Louisvillian of the Year.

The award is given to publicly recognize an individual's generous personal contributions to the Louisville community in the areas of civic, educational or business progress.

In addition to Pitino's coaching record, he is an author and in 1994, he and his wife, Joanne, founded the Daniel Pitino Foundation which raises money to help underprivileged children. Organizations that have benefited form the foundation include Down Syndrome of Louisville, WHAS Crusade for Children, Kosair Children's Hospital, Louisville Aids Walk, and the Ronald McDonald House.

Former Louisvillian of the Year honorees include George Fischer, Bernard M. Trager, Alice K. Houston, James R. Ramsey, Mary Bingham, Stan Curtis, Muhammad Ali, Tom Jurich, Ulysses Bridgeman, Jr. and Mary H. Griffith.

Coach Pitino will receive his award at a luncheon on Friday, August 23 at The Olmsted.

For more information on the event, click here.

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