Aug. 20, 1970
, a senior broadcast journalism student at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, is the 2006 recipient of the Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship . The annual scholarship is funded by an endowment established by the Los Angeles Lakers
in memory of legendary sports broadcaster Chick Hearn
, who died in 2002. In addition to a major gift from the Lakers, hundreds of fans contributed to the scholarship fund at USC Annenberg, which now totals more than $100,000. "Chick Hearn was an icon who represented the best in sports, broadcasting, and the spirit of Los Angeles," said Geoffrey Cowan , dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. "We are honored that the Hearn family and the Lakers have chosen to support deserving USC Annenberg journalism students, like Mark, who will build upon his great tradition." The Lakers, along with Chick Hearn's widow Marge Hearn and USC Annenberg journalism professor Joe Saltzman made the official presentation to Haas on Sunday, November 27, 2005 during the Lakers–Nets game at STAPLES Center.