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4 Elected to Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame – Winchester Sun

4 elected to Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame

Published on Monday, May 6, 2024 at 5:30 PM

Four individuals with strong Kentucky connections, who have made outstanding contributions to sports within the state and beyond, have been selected for the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame (KSHOF) Class of 2024.

The announcement was made Wednesday as part of Champions Day at Churchill Downs by the Louisville Sports Commission, the owners and operators of the KSHOF.

Members of the 47th KSHOF class are:

–Teddy Bridgewater, a dominant quarterback at the University of Louisville and first-round draft pick who played nine seasons in the NFL.

–Tony Delk, an All-American and NCAA Final Four MVP at the University of Kentucky who went on to a 10-year career in the NBA.

– Oscar Combs, who covered University of Kentucky athletics at the Hazard Herald in 1965 and became an innovator in reporting on major college athletics.

–Roy Pickerill, who has been associated with Kentucky Wesleyan College’s sports information office for 53 years and was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1999.

“The KSHOF Class of 2024 recognizes four outstanding individuals representing a broad spectrum of sports and professions – individuals who have had a significant impact on sports in the Commonwealth and on the national stage,” said Greg Fante, president and CEO of the Louisville Sports Commission. “This year’s participants have worked hard to make a difference in their specific areas. And we are pleased to honor them and their achievements in Freedom Hall, the official gallery of the KSHOF.”

A selection committee consisting of 16 sports media professionals from across the state chose this year’s class, along with the Bygone Era Selection Team. All KSHOF selection committee votes were independently tabulated by regional accounting firm Dean Dorton, one of Kentucky’s largest accounting and consulting firms, with offices in Louisville, Lexington and Raleigh, NC.

The KSHOF was founded in 1963 to recognize athletes and sports figures born in Kentucky, as well as individuals who have participated in their respective sports or made a significant impact in their sports-related field in Kentucky. The Louisville Sports Commission, a Kentucky-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to attract, create, organize and operate sporting events and activities that improve the state’s quality of life, has owned and operated the KSHOF since 2018.

The KSHOF class members of 2024 and their families will be honored in September 2024 at Freedom Hall in Louisville.