Kippy Brown, David Cutcliffe, Charles Davis, Kara Lawson, Peyton Manning, George Taliaferro, Bob Tillman, Kimberly Anne Valek and Patrick Willis are now members of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. More than 1,000 guests were in attendance for the 2019 Induction Ceremony June 15 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville.
Renee Buckner, daughter of George Taliaferro; John and Joel Tillman, sons of Bob Tillman; Brad and Kristal Valek, brother and sister of Kimberly Anne Valek; and Gayle Williams, wife of David Williams accepted honors of the posthumous inductees.
Additionally, the Hall of Fame honored Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk as the 2019 Tennessean of the Year. David Williams, former Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for Athletics And University Affairs and Athletics Director, posthumously received the Significant Historical Achievement Award. His wife, Gayle Williams, received the award on his behalf. Belmont University’s former men’s basketball coach Rick Byrd received the Pat Summitt Lifetime Achievement Award. Mookie Betts was honored with the Professional Athlete of the Year Award; Maria Bulanova was awarded the Female Amateur Athlete of the Year Award; Pro Sports Team(s) of the Year Award winners were Jackson Generals and Memphis Redbirds; Tennessee Tech Baseball received the Male Amateur Team of the Year Award; Vanderbilt Bowling received the Female Amateur Team of the Year Award; and Grant Williams won the Male Amateur Athlete of the Year Award.
About the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
Established in 1966, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame enshrines and honors athletes, teams, coaches, sports writers and sports administrators who have made an impact on the history of Tennessee sports. The Hall serves as a platform to connect athletes, coaches, sports fans, and supporters by acknowledging life achievements implemented through sports. The Hall celebrates athletes of all forms, from all across the state. Additionally, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame aspires to educate youth about the importance of healthy habits and the positive impact they have on lifestyle choices. The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is located at 501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children and can be purchased at the Visitor Center in Bridgestone Arena, right outside of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Group rates are available for 10 or more. For more information, visit www.tshf.net.
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