Retired NBA referee and 2003 Gold Whistle Award recipient Bob Delaney will be the featured speaker at the 2013 US Lacrosse national convention. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Delaney received the Gold Whistle in 2003 for his work with several charities, among them one that aids disabled children and adults near his Florida home.
Delaney’s NBA officiating career began in 1987 and spanned more than 1,700 regular-season games, 180 playoff contests and nine NBA Finals. He worked two NBA All-Star Games and the 2011 China Games in Beijing and Guangzhou.
“I am honored to be the officials keynote speaker for the 2013 US Lacrosse national convention,” Delaney said. “While we tend to stay within our sport when discussing officiating, the reality is we have a common ground with so many subjects like leadership, teamwork, communication and mental conditioning.”
Beth Porreca, director of special events for US Lacrosse, said the organization is excited about landing Delaney for its convention. “We believe he will appeal to both coaches and officials with his all-encompassing insights into leadership, teamwork, mental conditioning and stress management. We look forward to learning about and from his experiences on and off the court.”
Before becoming an NBA referee, Delaney worked for the New Jersey State Police. His work as an undercover agent is detailed in his book, Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob. Most recently he authored Surviving the Shadows: A Journey of Hope Into Post-Traumatic Stress.