In 1989, Albany residents Pete Cox and Cleve Wester envisioned
the Albany Sports Hall of Fame – an avenue through which
recognition could be given to deserving athletes, and
scholarships could be awarded to exceptionally well-rounded high
Albany has had so many
nationally prominent athletes, such as Ray Knight, Stanley Floyd
and Lionel James, that the time had come to give recognition
where recognition was due.
Over the past
29 years, this vision has become a reality. The Albany Sports
Hall of Fame has seen tremendous success, and is sure to
continue shedding light on some of Albany’s most qualified
athletes and students.
“The people of
Albany have backed the Albany Sports Hall of Fame 100 percent,”
says Pete Cox, an original and current member of the Sports Hall
Cox is also a member of the
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. “The objectives behind the Albany
Sports Hall of Fame were to honor Albany’s athletes and to honor
an athlete from each high school each year. Being named ‘Albany
Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year’ is an honor that each
recipient can take with him for the rest of his life.”
To be chosen as an inductee to the Albany Sports Hall of Fame,
one must first be nominated.
candidate’s application is reviewed by the Albany Sports Hall of
Fame selection committee with discriminating judgement, looking
at the candidate’s high school participation (50 percent), his
college participation (25 percent), and his overall character
and willingness to further athletics in the Albany community (25
Raising money for scholarships
is a priority for the Albany Sports Hall of Fame.
profits go into scholarship funds,” explains Cox.
“The scholarships must be used in an
Albany institution, whether it be Albany State University,
Albany Technical College or Darton College.”
The recipients of these scholarships do not necessarily have to
be gifted in an athletic area, but must be adequate
academically, must have an acceptable SAT score, must be
recommended by a school faculty member, and must exhibit a
quality of leadership, character and community service. This
year’s two scholarship recipients are LaShonda Price of Albany
High School and Parks Pace of Deerfield-Windsor School.
Six of Albany’s high schools each have one “Athlete of the
Year,” chosen by the coaches of the schools. This award is
bestowed on qualified athletes and is recognized at the annual
Sports Hall of Fame Banquet.
The 29th Annual Albany
Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Banquet is an event in which all of
these outstanding citizens of Albany can be recognized and
The banquet becomes bigger
and better every year, and everyone is welcome to attend.
Tickets are $15 and may be obtained by contacting Sonya Spillers
229-344-3198 or any other Albany Sports Hall of Fame Board
Member. The 29th Annual Albany Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
Banquet is sure to be a big success. You won’t want to miss it.
See you there!!