INDIANAPOLIS - Butler University Associate Director of Athletics Jim McGrath was honored by the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (ISSA) Saturday night. McGrath was the recipient of the Bob Williams Helping Hand Award for his service to the media in the state of Indiana.
The honor took place at the ISSA's annual banquet at the Wyndham near the Indianapolis Airport.
McGrath, in his 29th year as the sports information director at Butler, has been the host SID for four NCAA Division I Men's Final Fours and one Women's Final Four, as well as nine NCAA men's first and second rounds tournaments. This past month, he set a new milestone in his career as primary media contact during Butler's run to the NCAA Division I national championship game.
McGrath has worked in press operations at amatuer national championships in boxing, swimming and track and field. He was a press officer at the 1982 and 1983 USOC National Sports Festivals and the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival, and he served as a press officer for the United States team at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis. He further served as co-chairman for the Media Center Development and Operations Committee for Pan American Games X.
McGrath was one of four sports journalists from Indiana to be honored. Also, five longtime broadcasters and writers were induced into the ISSA Hall of Fame.