At the helm of separate championship franchises powered by Bob Pettit, Wilt Chamberlain and Rick Barry, iconic hoops mentor Alex Hannum coached 13 different Hall of Famers, in all. Bestowed upon Hannum in 1942 for his exploits as a 6-7 forward, this Helms-Olympic Athletic Foundation medallion is a precious relic from the pre-NBA hardwood era. The 2-1/4”-diameter, 3.6-oz. gold-colored prize features relief designs and raised lettering commemorating Hannum.
The thick medallion presents nicely. The obverse showcases a relief likeness of a nude ancient Greek discus thrower with ornate finery along the lower perimeter and “HELMS-OLYMPIC ATHLETIC FOUNDATION” arched along the upper perimeter. On the reverse, a standard raised–letter legend reads: “AWARDED TO IN RECOGNITION OF “WHILE IT IS CONCEDED THAT CONTESTING WELL AND COURAGEOUSLY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WINNING, TRIUMPH IS A WORTHY RESULT FOR WHICH TO STRIVE FAIRLY.” Paul H. Helms – Founder – Helms Athletic Foundation” In the appropriate spots, “Alex Hannun” and “All City '42 Forward" engraved in elegant cursive font.