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USTA Southern Section Recognizes the Passing of Lamar Hunt

December 14, 2006 10:43 AM

Lamar Hunt, Kansas City Chief owner and founder of the American Football League, died Wednesday due to complications with prostate cancer. Hunt was best known as an inventive entrepreneur in the sports business, but was also a friend of the Southern Section. In 1995, Hunt donated the Racquet Club of the South in Norcross, GA to the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation.

In 1967, Hunt was one of 10 original founding partners in the Chicago Bulls basketball franchise. Also in 1967, Hunt started the first organized effort at a pro tennis tour with World Championship Tennis, and in 1968 he helped bring pro soccer to the United States with his Dallas Tornado of the old North American Soccer League.More recently, Hunt and his sons owned Hunt Sports Group, which manages Major League Soccer franchises in Dallas, Kansas City and Columbus, Ohio.

Counting pro football, Hunt has been inducted into eight halls of fame, including ones for soccer and tennis as well as the Texas Business Hall of Fame and the Kansas City Business Hall of Fame. Hunt is survived by wife, children Lamar Jr., Sharron Munson, Clark and Daniel; and 13 grandchildren.

 

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