USD athletic dinner is June 3

USD athletic dinner is June 3 The University of South Dakota Athletics Department, using the theme "Celebrating 116 Years of Coyote Football," will host its annual dinner auction at 6 p.m., Friday, June 3 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Featured guests will include former Baltimore Colts All-Pro defensive tackle Ordell Braase; Matt Chatham, a linebacker and special teams standout for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots; and former NFL player Rob White, among others. KSFY co-anchor Nancy Naeve, a 1990 graduate of USD, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The money raised from the Coyote Athletics Dinner Auction will help support scholarships for student-athletes. For the auction, tables of 10 are being sold for $500 while individual tickets may be purchased for $60.

The auction will feature 125 silent auction items and 20 live auction items, including sports memorabilia and trips.

"This is a great chance for our alumni, Coyote backers and others to show support for Coyote Athletics," said USD Athletics Director Joel Nielsen. "The main focus is to raise money for our scholarship program. But, this is also an opportunity for people in the region to help us celebrate 116 years of Coyote football and the wonderful success of all our athletics teams and student-athletes. We are getting an incredible response to the event and we're looking forward to June third."

Braase, originally of Mitchell, played for the Baltimore Colts from 1957-68, helping the Colts to NFL titles in 1958, 1959 and 1968. Selected All-Pro in 1966 and 1967, Braase played in 157 NFL games, and served as president of the NFL Players Association.

He played football and basketball at USD, earning All-NCC honors in consecutive seasons in both football (1952, 1953) and basketball (1952-53, 1953-54), a rare accomplishment in the history of the league. At Mitchell High, Braase was all-state in basketball, leading the Kernels to the state Class A title in 1950.

Braase, who earned a bachelor of science degree in education from USD in 1958, is a member of the Coyote Sports Hall of Fame, South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame, and was recently inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

Chatham, who starred at South Dakota from 1995-98, was a key contributor to the New England Patriots football team that won its third Super Bowl in January with a 24-21 win over Philadelphia. Chatham is among a select group of players that have three Super Bowl rings and has played in 52 career games with the Patriots. Chatham, who earned a bachelor of science degree in English and criminal justice from USD in 1999, has 73 career tackles, including 56 solo stops and 1.5 sacks. Chatham had 228 career tackles at USD, also earning Academic All-North Central Conference honors in both 1996 and 1997.

White, originally of Aberdeen, was a member of the Coyotes' squad in 1986 that advanced to the NCAA Division II finals (11-3 record overall). As a senior in 1987, White had a dominating year with 102 tackles and earned his second straight selection to the All-NCC squad.

White, who received a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from USD in 1993, signed with the New York Giants as a free agent and played 23 games over three seasons in the NFL. He started one game for the Giants in the NFL playoffs.

A native of Spencer, IA, Naeve earned a bachelor of arts degree (mass communication) in 1990 from USD. She joined the KSFY News staff in 1992 and became co-host of Good Morning Dakota in 1993. Later, she was named a co-anchor for KSFY News. Naeve has earned South Dakota Associated Press first-place awards for feature reporting in 1993, 1995 and 1996.

For more information about the auction, please contact Coyote Athletics at 605-677-5309.

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