Manassas residents Jabari and Maani Stewart grew up hearing their father talk about Hall of Fame basketball player Oscar Robertson, who once averaged a triple-double for an entire NBA season.
More important, Oscar Robertson has now heard of the Stewart brothers, and their accomplishment is no less remarkable. Robertson and nearly 40 fellow football and basketball hall of famers are at Lansdowne Resort Golf Club near Leesburg for the annual Bobby Mitchell/Toyota Hall of Fame Golf Classic, which raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphona Society. The classic takes place today from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jabari, 20, a rising junior on an academic scholarship at North Carolina A&T, and Maani, 15, a rising sophomore at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, both battled and beat leukemia. They have been on hand during the weekend as special guests of the golf classic.
"I knew about 'The Big O' because I used to play basketball [at Forest Park], and my father is a big old-school basketball fan, so he used to always tell me about him averaging the triple-double," said Jabari Stewart, whose leukemia went into remission last Christmas Eve. "The only time I've ever seen any of them is on ESPN Classic . . . but the funny thing is that even though I might not know who all of them are, they'll let you know."
At Friday's media day, the Stewart brothers hung around the putting green as Robertson and Redskin greats Mitchell and Sam Huff jostled over who was going to give a television reporter some quick putting lessons for a practice session for this morning's "Beat the Hall of Famer" contest.
The putting contest was scheduled to include two of the most recent inductees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Carl Eller and offensive lineman Bob Brown, who starred for the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Rams. Both will be enshrined next month.
"Being with all these amazing athletes is really something to me," said Huff, who has participated in the classic since its inception in 1990 along with Redskins legends Sonny Jurgensen and Charley Taylor. "In a situation like this . . . you don't go around thinking how great you are, you walk around these great athletes and you think, 'Do I belong?' "
Note: The "Beat the Hall of Famer" putting contest, as well as a contest for kids 12 and younger, is open to the public. There is a fee to compete and to view the action. The course opens to the public at 8:30 a.m.