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Bluegrass Sports Awards

The Bluegrass Sports Awards has become a must attend event on the sports calendar in Central Kentucky. In it’s fifth year the Bluegrass Sports Awards recognizes those who have achieved the highest level of success in the Sports Media and Sports Business.

An event created to celebrate what sports does for our community, it is highlighted by the Tom Hammond Awards, the Jim Host Awards and the Lexington Herald-Leader Sports Figure of the Year Award.

Proceeds benefit the BSC and its efforts to grow the economic impact of sports in central Kentucky.

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Congratulations to Our Winners

Josh Allen

2018 Sports Figure of the Year Award

Verne Lundquist

Tom Hammond Sports Media Award

WinStar Farm

Jim Host Sports Business Award

Tom Leach

Tom Hammond Kentucky Sports Media

Sydney McLaughlin

Jim Host Youth Sports Award

Committee of 101

Bobby Flynn Volunteer of the Year Award

Tom Hammond

    Established in 2012 at the inaugural Bluegrass Sports Awards, The Tom Hammond Awards consist of two separate distinctions annually – the Tom Hammond Sports Media Award and the Tom Hammond Kentucky Sports Media Award.

    Hammond, a Lexington native, has risen to the top of his profession, while staying dedicated to his home state and to helping others. In 2012, he received the Sports Media Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bluegrass Sports Commission.

    Nominees will meet or exceed the following criteria to be considered:

    • Achieved great success in the field of sports media
    • Made significant differences in the community in which they live
    • Have made significant contributions to the lives of others through their work, volunteerism and a desire to help others
    • Made an impact, either directly or indirectly, on the lives of Kentuckians

    Past Winners

    2012 Tom Hammond

    2013 Dick Enberg

    2014 Marty Brennaman

    2015 Cris Collinsworth

    2016 Larry Conley

    2017 Larry Collmus

    2018 John Rooney

    2019 Verne Lundquist

    Media voters are asked to nominate individuals that meet or exceed the following criteria:

    The individual must:

    • Have a professional career predominantly in sports media
    • Conduct himself/herself professionally in all aspects of their work
    • Make significant contributions in the communities in which they live
    • Make a direct  impact on the lives of Kentuckians, either locally, regionally or statewide

    Past Winners

    2013 Larry Vaught

    2014 Dick Gabriel

    2015 Jennie Rees

    2016 Mike Battaglia, Donna Barton Brothers and Kenny Rice

    2017 Billy Reed

    2018 Jerry Tipton

    2019 Tom Leach

    Jim Host

      Established in 2012 at the inaugural Bluegrass Sports Awards, the Jim Host Awards consist of two separate distinctions – the Sports Business Award and the Youth Sports Award.

      Jim Host, an Ashland native, rose to the highest ranks of the sports marketing profession by building one of the top collegiate sports marketing companies in the country – HOST Communications. Always maintaining his corporate headquarters in Lexington, Host dedicated himself not only to his company, but also to serving others in a variety of ways.

      Among his numerous honors, Host received the Sports Business Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bluegrass Sports Commission.

      Nominees for the Jim Host Sports Business Award will be selected and voted on by the Bluegrass Sports Awards Committee.
       
      Nominees will meet or exceed the following criteria to be considered:
      • Achieved great success in the field of sports business
      • Conducted their business either in, or from, Kentucky
      • Have made significant contributions to the lives of others through their work, volunteerism and a desire to help others
      • Their businesses made, or make, an impact, either directly or indirectly, on the lives of Kentuckians

      Past Winners

      2012 Jerry Carroll

      2013 Ted Bassett

      2014 Alan Stein

      2015 Mitch Barnhart

      2016 Bill Farish

      2017 Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

      2018 Lexington Center Corporation

      2019 WinStar Farm

      Nominees for the Jim Host Youth Sports Award are solicited through a statewide public nomination process.

      Nominees meet or exceed the following criteria:

      • Have dedicated themselves to enhancing the lives of Kentucky youths through sports, whether as a volunteer or a job, by coaching, administering or otherwise assisting sports programs  for Kentucky youths
      • Conduct himself/herself professionally in all aspects of their work
      • Make significant contributions in the communities in which they live
      • Make a direct  impact on the lives of Kentuckians

      Past Winners

      2012 Martha Layne Collins

      2013 Louis Stout

      2014 Dave Kerchner

      2015 Don Adkins

      2016 Mike Fields

      2017 Don Lane

      2018 KHSAA

      2019 Sydney McLaughlin

      Nominees for the Bobby Flynn Volunteer of the Year Award are solicited through a statewide public nomination process.

      Nominees meet or exceed the following criteria:

      • Have given unselfishly of their time and work ethic bettering the Commonwealth by their contributions.
      • Have used sports as the vehicle to make great contributions to the Commonwealth.
      • Make a direct  impact on the lives of Kentuckians

      Past Winners

      2015 Bobby Flynn

      2016 Van Florence

      2017 Kim Sweazy

      2018 Stewart Perry

      2019 Committee of 101

        A Kentucky tradition for more than 30 years, the annual Lexington Herald-Leader “Sports Figure of the Year Award” has recognized the efforts of Kentucky sports stars for their yearly achievements. The winner will be announced live at the Bluegrass Sports Awards at the Lexington Convention Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom.

        The Herald-Leader has traditionally published the results of its annual poll, as voted upon by media members from across state. Any athlete, coach or sports administrator from Kentucky is eligible, or if he/she played for a college in the state.

        2018    Josh Allen
        2017    Justin Thomas
        2016    Lamar Jackson
        2015    American Pharoah
        2014    AJ Reed
        2013    Rick Pitino
        2012    Anthony Davis
        2011    Kenneth Faried
        2010   John Wall
        2009   John Calipari
        2008   Kenny Perry
        2007   Tyson Gay
        2006   Brandon Webb
        2005   Shaun Alexander
        2004   Stefan LeFors
        2003   Kenny Perry
        2002   Valley Sports
        2001   Eddie Eviston
        2000   John L. Smith
        1999    James Whalen Jr.
        1998    Tubby Smith
        1997    Tim Couch
        1996    Rick Pitino

        1995    Tim Couch
        1994    Jenny Hansen
        1993    Jamal Mashburn
        1992    The Unforgettables
        1991    Cawood Ledford
        1990    Rick Pitino
        1989    David Roselle
        1988    Richie Farmer
        1987    Phil Simms
        1986    Denny Crum
        1985    Kenny Walker
        1984    Mary T. Meagher
        1983    Jerry Claiborne
        1982    Roy Kidd
        1981    Roy Kidd

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