2017 Horizon League Basketball Champions Brunch

The Horizon League and Olympia Entertainment will gather industry leaders to discuss experiences in athletics at a Champions Brunch at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, March 7, at 10:00 a.m., prior to the Little Caesars Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championship Game at 12 p.m. and the Men’s Basketball Championship Game at 7:00 p.m.

The brunch is open to the public, and for $25, attendees receive a ticket to the Champions Brunch and a game ticket to the women’s and men’s championship games.

The Champions Brunch will begin with a brunch at 10:00 a.m., followed by a panel focusing on key topics relating to athletic administrators, along with former professional and collegiate standouts at 10:30 a.m.


Former three-time WNBA Champion and four-time All-Star, Cheryl Ford has been named one of three panelists to speak inside the International Bancard Olympia Club at Joe Louis Arena. Over the next three weeks, the remaining panelists and moderator will be announced.

Cheryl Ford was drafted as the No. 3 overall pick in the first round by the Detroit Shock in the 2003 WNBA Draft. In her first season, Ford led the Shock from a worst-to-first record and the 2003 WNBA Championship. She was the first player to win the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award and a WNBA Championship in the same season. The Summerfield, La. native and daughter of former NBA great Karl Malone played her college ball at Louisiana Tech and was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003.

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Mary Ellen Gillespie is in her fifth season at UW-Green Bay. In 2015, Gillespie assisted in collecting a record-setting fundraising total of more than $1 million raised for the Phoenix Fund. She was able to ink a seven-year apparel deal with Adidas that made the the company the official footwear, apparel and accessory company of the entire athletics department through the 2021-22 season.



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Kelley Deyo is a women’s college basketball analyst for ESPN that played for the 2001 National Champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish. That same season, the four-year letter winner averaged 11.3 points per game, earning the BIG EAST Conference's Most Improved Player award while hitting the 1,000-point mark in the final game of her career. Deyo was also named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament team as well as the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament team during that memorable year. Deyo would go on to play professionally for Austria’s top division team 2003. From 2003-2007, she served as the post coach and recruiting coordinator for Liberty University.

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Rick Mahorn is a retired NBA basketball player who at 6’ 10” played power forward and center, he is currently a radio analyst for the Detroit Pistons. Mahorn was also an assistant coach and head coach for the Detroit Shock of the WNBA. Mahorn and the Shock won multiple WNBA titles.




Event Details: 

When: Tuesday, March 7 at 10 a.m.

Where: International Bancard Olympia Club inside Joe Louis Arena

Tickets: $25 tickets include brunch inside Joe Louis Arena's International Bancard Olympia Club and a ticket to the men's and women's championship games.

Please Note: Brunch-only tickets are available for $15.


To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE or call 313.471.3099.