Cherokee National Historical Society to Honor Titans Owner

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September 8, 2000

Cherokee National Historical Society to Honor Titans Owner

TULSA—Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams, Jr. will be in Tulsa for a dinner in his honor on Saturday, September 16 at Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa at 7 p.m. The Cherokee National Historical Society, Marjorie Lowe of Houston, Texas, and Kenneth G. Adams of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, will co-sponsor the dinner for the benefit of the Cherokee Heritage Center. Corporate tables and individual seats are available. Reservations may be placed by calling (888) 999-6007 or (918) 456-6007.

Mr. Adams, a Cherokee tribal member and a native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is the founder, owner, Chairman, and CEO of the Tennessee Titans and CEO of Adams Resources and Energy, Inc. a Fortune 500 company. In 1959, he and Lamar Hunt of the Dallas Texans made football history by founding the American Football League. His family has played an integral part in the history of the Cherokee Nation, and Oklahoma as a whole; most notably, Mr. Adams’s uncle, former Chief William Wayne Keeler, was pivotal in the reinstatement of the Cherokee people’s right to elect their leaders.

Consistently active in local, state, and national programs, Mr. Adams sits on the Board of Directors of the Cherokee National Historical Society; the Board of Governors of the Sigma Chi Fraternity; the Board of Trustees of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America—Sam Houston Area Council; and the Board of Directors of the Hundred Club in Houston, Texas.

Among his numerous awards and honors, Mr. Adams recently received the Lamar Hunt Outstanding Pro Football Executive Award for the year 2000 from the All-American Football Foundation, and in March 2000 was awarded the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Silver Hope Chest Award in Nashville. Other notable awards include the 1987 Distinguished American Award, presented jointly by the Houston Chapter of the National Football Hall of Fame and the Houston Athletic Committee (Chamber of Commerce); 1981 "Man of the Year" by Culver Military Academy.