Alley Oop comes to town |

Alley Oop comes to town

Tribune staff report

The Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe will be honored to host San Francisco 49er great R.C. Owens at the service organization’s 50th anniversary celebration on Feb. 28 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe-Special Events Center.

Owens, who will offer a reminiscing presentation to the group, was the 14th pick in the NFL draft in 1956 and joined the Niners in 1957. He was on the receiving end of many of Y.A. Tittle’s tosses in the late fifties, making famous the “alley oop” catch. He was traded to the Baltimore Colts in 1962 and later rejoined Tittle with the New York Giants in 1964.

After leaving football, Owens spent many productive years in public service before returning to the 49ers staff in 1979. He was the director of training camp from 1980 to 1993 while helping to establish the club’s alumni network.

In his role as executive assistant and alumni coordinator, Owens serves as the group’s main spokesman at civic activities and charitable functions throughout Northern California.

Tickets for the Rotary Golden Anniversary featuring Owens are available for $35. The gala begins with no-host cocktails at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., with Owens’ presentation to follow.

To purchase tickets, please come by the Tribune or call John Cefalu at 544-4767. Tickets must be secured by noon Feb. 26.

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