Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame postpones 2020 induction ceremony
MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson has inducted a hall of fame class annually since 1961 but due to COVID-19, the Class of 2020 will have to wait a little bit longer for its induction ceremony.
The hall of fame and museum sent out a press release Monday saying this year’s induction ceremony weekend, which was slated for July 31-Aug 2 has been postponed indefinitely.
“The Class of 2020 deserves to be able to celebrate this achievement with all of their supporters. These events typically draw anywhere from 300-800 people and we recognize that there is not a way to do that safely at this time due to the current global pandemic.” said Bill Blackwell, Executive Director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.
This year’s class included several notable inductees with two having local connections
Here is the list of inductees for the Class of 2020:
Jerry Boatner - Longtime West Lauderdale baseball coach and the winningest baseball coach in Mississippi history
Antonio McDyess - Quitman native for former University of Alabama and NBA standout
Patrick Willis - Former Ole Miss and San Francisco 49ers linebacker
Larry Templeton - MSU’s longest-tenured athletic director
Pete Brown - PGA Golfer
Janet Marie Smith - Renowned baseball stadium architect
The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is aiming to having the induction ceremony for the Class of 2020 sometime in 2021.
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