Local group to start area sports hall of fame

Published 2:42 pm Thursday, April 19, 2018

By Staff Reports


CORDELE – A group of former and current coaches, athletes and administrators have come together to establish a sports hall of fame for Crisp County and the surrounding areas. After a successful first meeting, the group has come up with a name for this new HOF. It will be called the Georgia Mid-South Sports Hall of Fame.

According to Stan McCormick, committee chairman of the Georgia Mid-South Sports Hall of Fame, other areas of Georgia have established sports hall of fames over the years, but this part of the state doesn’t have one. “As a group, we felt we needed to begin the process for generating one so we can celebrate our own successes,” McCormick said. “This area has produced so many great athletes, coaches, teams and contributors. Those people need to be celebrated for their influence in Georgia athletics. Creating this hall of fame will allow us to perform the task.”

The HOF will cover six counties in the area, and each one will have a representative who serves on the committee. The sports hall of fame committee includes co-chairman Evelyn Wright (Sumter County), Charles Ivey (Macon County), Santita Coon (Wilcox County), Towandi King (Dooly County), Joe Joe Wright (Crisp County) and George Kennedy (Turner County).

“When we decided to start the group, we wanted to include individuals who had a wealth of experience in competition and coaching,” McCormick said. “Each of the members also have established influence in their home counties and can assist with nominating, researching and promoting nominees, as well conduct other tasks that will be needed for the HOF to be a success.”

Those local community members who are interested in keeping up with updates, fundraisers and the selection process related to the hall of fame can contact Stan McCormick at (229) 947-1389 or send an email at gamidsouthsportshof@gmail.com. They can also go to the HOF’s Facebook account or Twitter account: @GAmidsouthsportsHOF.