LEXINGTON – The Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) and Alltech are proud to announce the second annual Bluegrass Sports Awards will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. The evening will feature five prestigious awards given out as a celebration of Kentucky’s rich sports tradition, highlighting the achievements of those who have made an impact on the lives of Kentuckians.
“These award recipients are some of Kentucky’s greatest ambassadors – individuals who have and continue to promote this state around the country and the world,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech.
“Alltech shares the Bluegrass Sports Commission’s vision of bringing world class sporting events to Kentucky, which is why we are delighted to once again support the Bluegrass Sports Awards as the presenting sponsor. As demonstrated by the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the Alltech National Horse Show and our UK men’s basketball program, sports are unmatched in their ability to draw the community together and shine a bright spotlight on our Old Kentucky Home.”
Lexington native and NBC broadcaster Tom Hammond will present a pair of awards bearing his name during the event:
- The Tom Hammond Award will be given to legendary broadcaster *Dick
- Known as one of the most versatile play-by play announcers in
sports broadcasting, Enberg has taken on assignments including NFL football
(43 seasons), the Super Bowl (10 times), the Rose Bowl (nine times), the
Orange Bowl (six times), the Olympic Games (1972, 1988, 1992, 1996), the
Australian Open (seven times), the French Open (23 times), Wimbledon (26
times), the U.S. Open Tennis Championships (10 times), the Masters (seven
times), the PGA Championship (five times), the U.S. Open Golf Championship
(five times), the Ryder Cup (three times), the American and National League
Playoffs (three times), the World Series, heavyweight boxing championships
(three times), the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship (14 times), the NBA
Playoffs and the NBA All-Star Game. Along with football, baseball, tennis,
golf, basketball and boxing, he has called gymnastics, figure skating,
Breeder's Cup horse racing and track and field.
- The Tom Hammond Kentucky Sports Media Award will be presented to *Larry
Vaught* of the *Danville** Advocate-Messenger.*
- A 1970 graduate of Danville High School and a 1974 graduate of the
University of Kentucky, Vaught began his career working for his late
father, Bill, in the sports department at The Danville Advocate in 1975. He
became the sports editor in 1996 upon the death of his father. Vaught has
served as the president of the Kentucky Sports Writers Association and
third vice president of the national Associated Press Sports Editors
Association. He is a member of the Danville School’s Athletic Hall of Fame
and the 12th Region Hall of Fame and in 2010 was inducted into the
Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Vaught is also a
six-time winner of Kentucky’s National Sportswriter of the Year, which is
named by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Recent National College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Jim Host will also present a pair of awards in his name at the event.
- The Jim Host Sports Business Award will be presented to Keeneland
legend, *Mr. Ted Bassett*.
- Bassett began working for the Keeneland Association in 1968,
initially as an assistant to Louis Lee Haggin II. In 1969, Bassett became
president and served in that capacity until 1986 when he moved to chairman
of the board. In 2003, Bassett became a Keeneland trustee and he now holds
the title of trustee emeritus. The entirety of his Keenalnd tenure
currently spans 42 years and coincides with the association’s greatest
period of growth. From 1988-1996, Bassett also served as president of
Breeders’ Cup Ltd. He was chairman of the World Series Racing Championship
from 1994-2004. He remains a Keeneland and Breeders’ Cup director and a
member of The Jockey Club. He is a past president of the Thoroughbred
Racing Associations of America and formerly served as a trustee of the
National Museum of Racing, UK Equine Research Foundation and Transylvania
University. A decorated veteran of World War II, Bassett was awarded the
Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation. He was the director of the
Kentucky State Police for four years and was one of the founders of the
College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University.
- The Jim Host Youth Sports Award will honor the late *Mr. Louis Stout*.
- Mr. Stout worked for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
(KHSAA) for 23 years. In 1994, he became commissioner of the association
and was the first African-American to head a state high school athletic
association in the country. In 2011, he was named to the position of
president of the National Amateur Athletic Union, an organization
geared toward the development of youth through sports, his lifelong
passion. Just as with all of his works, he would strive to make the AAU a
better organization that it already was. In a life dedicated to youth
sports, Stout was also a softball, baseball and college basketball
official. He is a member of the 11th Region Basketball Hall of Fame,
Kentucky Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, AAU Softball Umpire Hall of Fame,
AAU Hall of Fame and the KHSAA Hall of Fame.
The Awards evening will conclude with the live announcement of *Lexington Herald-Leader *Kentucky Sportsman of the Year. The award was presented to Kenneth Faried in 2012 and has been given annually since 1981 when Roy Kidd received the prestigious honor. The voting is done by print, radio and television sports media from around the state and is coordinated by the Herald-Leader.
“We are thrilled to honor this year’s very deserving award winners” said Terry Johnson, executive director of the BSC. “This event gives us an opportunity to recognize individuals that have contributed so much to Kentucky through sports and serves as an opportunity for us to showcase what sport does for our state and our region.”
The event will consist of a silent auction, dinner and professionally produced awards program. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the BSC and its efforts to grow the economic impact sports tourism has on central Kentucky. Tables of 10 are available for purchase for $1250. Individual tickets are also available for $125 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 859-255-0336 or visit www.bluegrasssports.org.
The Youth Sports Award and Kentucky Sports Media Award winners were selected by the Bluegrass Sports Awards Committee from a list of nominations submitted by the general public and Kentucky sports media members, respectively. The Tom Hammond Award and the Jim Host Sports Business Award winners were nominated and selected by the committee.