Ex-Terp Steve Francis among new guests added for Gary Williams gala

University of Maryland men's basketball head coach Gary Williams will be joined by a few more special guests when he is inducted into the Sports Legends Museum's Hall of Legends on Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Hippodrome in Baltimore.

Guests added to the event include former Terps basketball standout and NBA first-round pick Steve Francis, University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith, Loyola men's basketball coach and former Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos and Tony Massenburg, who played for Williams at Maryland from 1989-90.

The event will include tributes to Williams from former players, Hall of Fame coaches and other special guests, including Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Villanova coach Jay Wright and former Maryland players Len Elmore and Walt Williams, among others.

Williams will join previous gala honorees Babe Ruth, Johnny Unitas, Art Modell, Jim McKay and Brooks Robinson in an area reserved for those individuals who have contributed at the top echelon of state and national athletics.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, Coaches vs. Cancer and the University of Maryland men's and women's basketball weight room project, as designated by Williams.

Tickets start between $40 and $60 for program-only seating at orchestra level and in the balcony, while $150 tickets include the cocktail reception from 6:30 p.m. -- 7:30 p.m., and the program. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-7328 or visiting www.Ticketmaster.com.

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