Weakley Sports Hall of Fame Announced

County to Recognize Past & Present Athletic Greats
Posted on 10/29/2019
This is the image for the news article titled County to Recognize Past & Present Athletic GreatsAccording to Weakley County Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director John Hatler, after two years of discussion, “A Weakley County Sports Hall of Fame is becoming a reality.”

The nonprofit organization was officially chartered October 1, 2019, with twelve individuals across the county, collaborating in the effort. The alliance effort was spearheaded by Coach Lin Dunn, who has been inducted into multiple Sports Hall of Fames (National, State, and Local) and former Past President and Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Board Member Wayne McCreight. Organizing members met multiple times to create a Hall that highlights the athletic achievement and endeavors of Weakley Countians.

“Athletic competition in Weakley County is engrained into the very fabric of our community,” McCreight, the senior advisor of the Hall stated. “We have been represented well in the local, state, regional, and national levels, and it’s time to celebrate the county through its athletic achievements.”

The board of directors consists of 21 members, five of whom will serve on the executive board. Dunn said, “There will also be and a non-voting advisory board that consists of the high school principals, city mayors, county mayor, and other elected officials. It’s vitally important to realize that we are all in this together, and what better way to bring our county together than through athletics.”

The Hall will be in a centralized location where fans and visitors will have access to state of the art mediums to learn about each inductee. Additionally, the Hall will also be replicated in each community, at the place of their choosing---the various locations to be chosen by the community representatives.

The Inaugural Class will be announced at the luncheon before the Weakley County Sports Hall of Fame Golf Scramble on Thursday, April 23, 2020. The event will be held at the Persimmon Hills Golf Course in Sharon.

The Class of 2020 will be inducted August 15, with opening remarks to begin at 7 p.m., with dinner and inductions to follow. At the banquet, the top male and female student-athletes from all four county high schools from the 2019-2020 academic year will be recognized as well.

Executive Director Hatler said, “Alex Bynum, Dr. Keith Carver, Jimbo Davis, Randy Huffstetler, Andrea Hughes, Lee Lawrence, Melissa Overton, and Johnny Shanklin have been invaluable in the formation of the Hall of Fame. Their local knowledge, ability to organize, love for the county, and energy have made the daunting task possible. We are all excited about what this will mean to our schools, as well as an opportunity to offer additional sports history to the visitors of Weakley County.”

A website, social media presence, and the list of the board of directors will be released after the first of the year.