Orange Blazer Club
The Orange Blazer Club, named in honor of former Dynamo President Oliver Luck’s orange jacket, honors individuals who have made a major contribution to the Houston soccer community. The organization will add one person to the club each season.
Glenn Davis - ind. 2009
Davis was born in New Jersey and began playing soccer at a young age. He attended Boston University, and Davis and Elkins College, where he earned NAIA All-America honors. After graduation, Davis played professionally throughout the United States, including for the 1984 Houston Dynamos. With Houston, he captained the team to the championship match. Davis has been involved with youth soccer clubs throughout his life. After his playing career, Davis helped form the Houston Hurricanes Youth Soccer Club. He is currently a play-by-play broadcaster for Dynamo television broadcasts and ESPN, the radio host of SportsTalk 790's weekly Dynamo All-Access with Glenn Davis show, and the television host of FOX Sports Houston’s Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis show. Davis is a nationally recognized broadcaster and has called two World Cups for ESPN and the Olympics on NBC.
Victor Delgadillo - ind. 2009
The late Delgadillo was known as a “soccer pioneer.” He promoted soccer in Houston’s Hispanic community in the 1960s by creating the Houston Soccer Association. He created the league partially for recent immigrants so they could meet and interact with fellow neighbors through soccer. Delgadillo also helped bring the Houston Hurricanes to town to compete in the United Soccer Leagues and served as vice president in the late 1990s. Delgadillo’s efforts impacted thousands, and his leagues still hold strong today, bringing thousands of people together every weekend. Delgadillo was heralded for his selfless expansion of the sport of soccer in the community and loved by many. He passed away on September 26, 2009, due to cancer.
Ed Emmett - ind. 2010
A long-time Houstonian, Emmett has been in public service for more than 30 years, serving in the Texas House of Representatives and the Interstate Commerce Commission, among others. He became Harris County Judge in 2007 and was elected to remain in the position in 2008. He was a key part of Houston’s successful response to the devastation of Hurricane Ike later that year. Having fallen in love with soccer – more specifically, Norwich City – on business trips to England, Emmett played an important role in supporting the Dynamo’s stadium project, embracing the 2010 MLS All-Star Game, and promoting Houston as a city eager to host future World Cup matches.
Annise Parker - ind. 2010
A native Houstonian, Parker has lived and worked in Houston almost her entire life. She attended Rice University and worked in Houston’s oil and gas industry for almost 20 years. A self-proclaimed soccer mom, Parker was first elected to public office in 1997. In 2009, she won a run-off to become Mayor of Houston, in the process becoming the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. city with a population larger than 1 million. Since being elected, she has played a major role in urging all parties to find a solution on the Dynamo’s stadium project, supporting the 2010 MLS All-Star Game, and promoting Houston’s candidacy to host World Cup matches in 2018 or 2022.
Jack Stanfield - ind. 2009
Stanfield, a native Canadian, played professional hockey in the early 1960s and 1970s, including time with the Houston Aeros. After his playing career, Stanfield served as vice president, assistant general manager, and assistant coach for the Aeros until 1978, when he moved into soccer. Stanfield served as vice president and assistant general manager for the Houston Hurricane of the NASL, including a first-place team in 1979. Stanfield is also credited for launching Home Sports Entertainment, a successful regional sports network in the 1980s. From there, Stanfield joined forces with FOX Sports as one of the original expanders and programmers for FOX Soccer Channel, FOX Sports Espanol and FOX Sports Latin America. His global media efforts have raised the profile of U.S. soccer across the world. Stanfield is currently the senior vice president of the FOX International Channels Group.
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