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From The Florida Sports Hall Of Fame

Get those clubs ready!

Time is running out to get your foursome signed up for our seventh annual Celebrity Golf Classic!

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This year’s event, to be held at the newly-opened Astor Creek Golf & Country Club, features a 1:30 shotgun start and a night-before pairings party where our 2024 class will be formally announced. Foursomes are matched with Hall of Fame members, celebrities and stellar athletes, such as:

FSU, Green Bay Packer and Tampa Bay Buccaneer WR Barry Smith (Class of 2022)
MLB second baseman and coach Luis Alicea
Gator great and Detroit Lion FB James Jones (Class of 2022)
MLB pitcher Roy Smith
Super Bowl Champ and FSU National Champion FB William “Bar None” Floyd
Movie star Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo
Pittsburgh Steeler CB Harvey Clayton
Golden Spike winner Mike Loynd
St. Louis Cardinal pitcher/outfielder Rick Ankiel (Class of 2022)
Florida Gator and Buffalo Bill DL Scott Hutchinson

Golfers will also be able to test their skills against long-drive champ and media personality Averee Dovsek.

 

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Event details:
Legends VIP Reception, Pairings Party & 2024 Class Announcement
Friday, June 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
MidFlorida Event Center, Port St. Lucie
Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in the MidFlorida Event Center. Mingle with our celebrity guests and learn which sports legend will join your foursome! The night will also feature the announcement of our 2024 Class.

Celebrity Golf Classic
Saturday, June 29, Astor Creek Golf & Country Club
Registration: Noon – 1 pm, Shotgun Start 1:30 pm
Beverages and lunch provided. Post-round awards 5-7:00 pm

To secure your foursome, click here

Proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County.

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2024 Enshrinement Events to be Held in Orlando October 15-16

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The dates are set! The enshrinement of the 2024 class will be held Wednesday, October 16 at the Kia Center (formerly Amway) in Orlando, FL. The two-day event begins with an exclusive “Party with the Stars VIP Event” sponsored by Orlando Health, on Tuesday, October 15 from 5:30 – 8:30 and held in the beautiful West Club at INTER&Co Stadium, home to the Orlando City and Orlando Pride soccer teams. Wednesday, October 16, the festivities move to the Kia Center for a VIP Legacy Reception, followed by Dinner and Enshrinement of the 2024 Class – presented by Orlando Pride. Learn more by visiting flasportshof.org/orlando24.

MIC’D UP – Socials

 

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Don’t forget to check out Mic’d Up Socials for the latest conversations with a Hall of Famer. Hosted by PGA professional John Reger and Florida Sports Hall of Fame President Emeritus and Class of 2022 member Barry Smith, the socials are engaging, educational and endearing. Download the app and you can participate by posing questions of your own! Recent interviews include Henry Lawrence (Class of 2012), Fred Biletnikoff (Class of 1988), Greg Coleman (Class of 2023) and Leiza Fitzgerald (Class of 2022).

Our Mic’d Up convos can be found by visiting our YouTube channel.

Giving Back

 

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Photo – President Emeritus Barry Smith presents check to Angels Against Abuse founder and executive director Sandy Kearney.

As a result of the great turnout and sponsor support for our Baseball, Bourbon and Cigars event earlier this year, we were able to present Angels Against Abuse with a check to help carry on their important mission to provide assistance beyond the scope of basic services to children in the foster care system. Learn more by clicking here.

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Member Spotlight #1

 

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Warrick Dunn Named 2024 Dick Enberg Award Winner

Florida State legend and FSHOF Class of 2017 Warrick Dunn, has been named the College Sports Communicators’ 2024 Dick Enberg Award winner. The award, one of the CSC’s most prestigious honors, is “presented annually to an individual who has distinguished themselves nationally through their career achievement and meaningful contributions to society while promoting the values of education and academics.” Dunn will accept his award on June 10 at the #CSCUnite24 convention in Las Vegas.

Dunn’s accomplishments on the field are legendary – from being named a freshman all-American in 1993 and helping Florida State win its first national championship, first round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to his 12 stellar seasons in the NFL with the Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons that included three Pro Bowl appearances. He was also awarded the NFL’s 2004 Walter Payton Man of the Year for community service. However, his impact off the field is equally impressive.

He established his Homes for the Holidays program in 1997, which serves as the flagship program at Warrick Dunn Charities that provides single-parent families with home furnishing and down-payment assistance on new homes. The program has helped 223 families reach the dream of home ownership. Warrick Dunn Charities also established the Count on Your Future program in 2014 to teach families how to achieve economic empowerment, the Hearts for Community scholarship program that provides financial needs-based awards to support students who are active volunteers in their community, and Sculpt workshops that teach families about the importance of healthy food choices and how to eat healthy on a budget.

Dunn was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

Member Spotlight #2

 

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Gene Deckerhoff named to the Florida Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Gene Deckerhoff, former Voice of the Seminoles and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers radio play-by-play announcer, has been named to the inaugural class of the Florida Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Chosen based on his “distinguished professional career directly tied to Florida”, Deckerhoff spent more than four decades calling the FSU football and men’s basketball games. He worked alongside FSU’s legendary head football coach to air weekly episodes of “The Bobby Bowden Show”.

Until his retirement from announcing FSU broadcasts in 2022, he pulled double-duty most fall weekends (starting in 1989) as the radio voice for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Deckerhoff has been inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame (Class of 2000) and FSU Athletics Hall of Fame. His career boasts many more awards for sportscasting and play-by-play announcing.

Deckerhoff will be inducted into the Florida Broadcasters Hall of Fame along with 8 others during a ceremony in Palm Beach on June 27.

Kudos!

 

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Congratulations to the folks at Orlando’s Pop Tart Bowl, which was named a “Bowl Season Bestie!”. Sweet! (Photo courtesy of Florida Citrus Sports).

FSHOF board member and veteran lobbyist Ron Book was celebrated last week as one of a dozen recipients of the Ronald McDonald of South Florida “12 Good Men Award” for 2024 in recognition of his service to the community. The award is given to a dozen remarkable men who demonstrate outstanding commitment to community involvement, exemplary civic duty and unwavering support for South Florida charitable organizations.

Sports ETA ranked the state of Florida No. 1 for the economic impact generated by sports tourism as a part of the State of the Industry Report for 2023 in partnership with Tourism Economics and Northstar Meetings Group. According to the Florida Sports Foundation, the state’s sports industry draws more than 16 million out-of-state visitors each year, supports 580,000 jobs and creates $57.4 billion in economic impact. [Source: Orlando Business Journal]

This newsletter entry is provided by the Florida Sports Hall of Fame