ballers and shot callers
Legends of pro and college sports hold court with hip Houstonians at private Final Four bash in Tanglewood
As packs of fans, media, and celebrities poured into Houston for the NCAA Final Four tournament at NRG Stadium, a group of Houston sports legends and their families joined some fun-loving locals for a private Final Four bash.
The high-energy, VIP soiree (sponsored by TDECU — Texas Dow Employee Credit Union) was held at the private Tanglewood home of Gow Media CEO David Gow and his wife, Audrey. Enjoying the crisp early evening breeze, Houston Astros fan favorite manager Larry Dierker hung out with Houston Oilers veterans Oliver Luck and Spencer Tillman.
Meanwhile, local-born NBA baller Daniel Ewing talked hoops with Iona coach Tobin Anderson and college basketball superstar player/coach Pat Kennedy, and University of Houston broadcaster Jeremy Branham.
Hip Houstonians mingled and enjoyed premium cocktails and bites, and took in Gow’s John Staub-designed home and its lush, rolling grounds. Meanwhile, SportsMap Radio hosts Tony Desiere and Ronn Culver broadcasted live on the patio in front of an engaged audience and were joined by eager guests like the sports guru Carla Dawson.
For many non-sports attendees, it was a chance to catch up with familiar names normally only seen on television or the big stage. Ewing, a Sugar Land-area native, shared the inner workings of the NBA scout life with the Los Angeles Lakers — and what’s it’s like to rub elbows with LeBron James.
CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm and Fox 26’s Nate Griffin chatted with Dierker, Gow, Anderson, and more while posing for pics with fans. Power public relations head honcho Mark Sullivan chatted with Lawson Gow, founder of The Cannon, while heavy-hitting business leaders such as Patrick Dugan, Cole Dawson, and Walter Bering, lounged with a group of young professionals.
In all, a slam-dunk night for these VIP ballers and shot callers.