Sports Hall of Fame members make efforts to honor accomplished athletes

 

Each February, members of the local sports community gather to pay homage to individuals who have made a lasting impact on the athletic history of Rome and Floyd County.

The Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame, which began in 1971 to honor those who stand out in local sports culture, has developed a Veterans Committee in order to recognize prospective worthy candidates for the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame.

“For the next two years, we are reaching out to individuals who may have been overlooked, but who we feel should be recognized for their accomplishments and accolades in athletics,” said Iris Kennebrew, who was inducted in 1984.

Randy Davis, a 1997 inductee, said that over the years, sometimes those who have been extremely accomplished in sports in Floyd County have moved on to other states and, during the selection process, have fallen through the cracks.

“There are a lot of people who are truly deserving of this honor, but who have left the area,” Davis said. “But that doesn’t mean they haven’t made a lasting impression on athletics in Floyd County, and now we are able to reach out to them and ensure the most deserving athletes are in the Hall of Fame.”

Hall of Fame member Larry Bing added that technology can assist the committee in reaching out to nominees who are no longer local.

“The use of social media enables the committee to pursue accomplishments of prospective nominees whose careers may have led to relocation, but whose accomplishments have left an indelible mark on Rome’s sports history,” said Bing, who was inducted in 1987. “This has eliminated some unnecessary restrictions in the nominating and selection process and better ensures the most deserving candidates are inducted.”

This year’s ceremony will be held on February 27th at Berry College’s Krannert Center Ballroom. The Willard Nixon Hall of Fame Golf Tournament which benefits the John C. Pinson Student Athlete Scholarship is currently taking registrations. More information is available at romefloydsportshalloffame.com.

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