Kosair Charities® To Honor Two Distinguished Area Leaders at The Crystal Ball

Kosair Charities® To Honor Two Distinguished Area Leaders at The Crystal Ball

The Roger Fox Award & Sam Swope Community Leadership Award to be given

This Saturday, October 1

(Louisville, KY – September 30, 2016): Kosair Charities is proud to announce the recipients of its 2016 Roger Fox Award and Sam Swope Community Leadership Award, both to be recognized during the reimagined Kosair Charities Crystal Ball taking place on Saturday, October 1 at the Kosair Shrine Center, 4120 Bardstown Road.

Dr. Stephen Church, is the recipient of 2016 The Roger Fox Award and Cissy Musselman, will receive the 2016 The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award.

The Roger Fox Award

Mr. Fox was a dedicated member of Kosair Charities who passed away prematurely, however, he never lost hope that all children would someday be able to run and play.  This award recognizes a physician’s dedication to children.

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-14-58-amDr. Church graduated with Honors from University of Louisville Medical School. He completed his Residency in Pediatrics at University of Louisville Affiliated Hospitals where he served as Chief Resident. He and two other pediatricians started what is today East Louisville Pediatrics.

Dr. Church is committed to advocacy for children’s causes and academics. He is a Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Church is very active in the American Academy of Pediatrics and its advocacy programs, and also works with the Coalition for Healthy KY, KY Youth Advocates. He is the immediate past president of the KY Chapter of AAP and President of their Foundation. Dr. Church is now Chairman of the AAP Chapter Forum Committee and Chair of the Annual Leadership Forum Committee. Dr. Church also sits with the Board of Directors of the AAP representing those two committees. Dr. Church has or is serving on various National Task Forces, formerly represented five southern states as District IV CFMC and is now Chair of the Committee representing all districts of AAP. He is active in support of fighting childhood obesity, child abuse, Safe Haven, emergency preparedness, and academics. Dr. Church has written position papers, advised and reviewed bills for Child Causes to be introduced in Frankfort, and testified to several legislative groups and committees. Dr. Church was highly honored to be one of the supporters who spoke in the Capitol Rotunda at the introduction of the “Child Abuse” bill. Dr. Church and his lovely wife Diane have four great children and two grandsons.

The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award        

This award recognizes an individual who has advanced children’s goals for the future through vision, innovation, and self-sacrifice.

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-14-50-amElaine “Cissy” Musselman is Vice Chair of Risk Management Services Company (RMSC) of Louisville, where she organizes, structures, and administers self-insured plans and affinity programs for businesses, associations, and governmental entities. RMSC has been listed among the INC 500 America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies and also received the High Impact Award from Greater Louisville, Inc. Business First Fast Fifty Award. In 1992, Musselman became the first insurance broker in the United States to be computer-linked with the floor of Lloyd’s of London. The computerized access, London Insurance Market Network (LIMNET), allows instantaneous trans-Atlantic quotations and claims processing. Today, RMSC is a division of AssuredPartners Insurance Services Inc., the 13th largest insurance brokerage firm in the United States.

Musselman’s business and civic associations have included: Member of the American National Red Cross Board of Governors, Director of Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kentucky, Chair of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the 1976 Metro United Way Campaign, Chair of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Director of the Jewish Hospital St. Mary’s Healthcare Board, Director of the African-American Heritage Foundation. She currently serves as a Director on the Louisville Regional Airport Authority and Director of the Greater Louisville Foundation.

Musselman is Founder of Women 4 Women, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise money and public awareness for programs dedicated to improving the Health and Economic Well-being of women and girls. Through the Champions 4 Her projects more than $1,000,000 has been raised for women’s programs and services. Some of her many awards include: Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, Tom C. Simons Distinguished Leadership Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Community All American Award and more.

‘Crystal Ball,’ formally known as ‘Dreams Take Flight,’ was created to acknowledge and honor a select group of the area’s most distinguished members of the medical community, as well as to spotlight and garner awareness for the amazing work of a number of exceptional Kentucky and Southern Indiana charities.

For further information about the event or to arrange pre-event interviews with any of the award recipients, please contact Erin Jones at 502.774.0767. Photos of both recipients’ photos are attached.

Bluegrass Center for Autism Center to Dedicate New Playground

Bluegrass Center for Autism Center to Dedicate New Playground 

September 29 at Kosair Charities® East Campus

WHAT |  Family, friends and local businesses are invited to join Bluegrass Center Autism for a special dedication ceremony to commemorate the newly-built, fully-accessible playground.

WHEN |  Thursday, September 29, 2016  

                     9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony with reception to follow

WHERE |  Bluegrass Center for Autism at the Kosair Charities East Campus

9810 Bluegrass Parkway

Louisville, KY 40299

MORE | Join Premier Partners: Park Community Credit Union, Kosair Charities, The City of Jeffersontown, Louisville Metro Council, Councilwoman Marilyn Parker, Councilman Glenn Stuckel, and the Dream Foundation of Kentucky for a special ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly-built, fully-accessible playground.

The new playground will be replacing outdated equipment that was not fully-accessible, which is a level above ADA compliant. All of the new equipment is not only recreational, but therapeutic as well. Each activity at the playground has therapeutic value for the children. The playground will be located near the Bluegrass Center for Autism wing on campus, but is available and open to young people that both agencies are serving at each end of the campus.

To RSVP for this event, contact Jeff Allen at jallen@bluegrasscenterforautism.org or 859-351-1665.

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The Prickly Pear Boutique to Host First Headbands of Hope Trunk Show

WHAT |  Join the Prickly Pear Boutique for its first-ever Headbands of Hope trunk show, featuring a variety of styles for children and adults. For every headband purchased, one headband will be donated to a child with cancer. The headbands will be distributed at the 3rd Annual Gold Ribbon Festival that will be held on September 18 on the Kosair Charities Campus. The headbands are currently on sale in the store, but the trunk show will feature a large variety of styles.

WHEN |   Saturday, Sept. 10

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE |  The Prickly Pear Boutique

1505 Main St.

Middletown, KY 40243

MORE | Kosair Charities and its’ community partners in pediatric cancer care are hosting the 3rd Annual Gold Ribbon Festival celebrating pediatric cancer survivors on September 18. It will be a day of fun, food and fellowship for families.  The headbands purchased on September 10 will go directly to these survivors on September 18. The partners include: University of Louisville Pediatrics, Kids Cancer Alliance, Make-A-Wish, Gilda’s Club, Chili’s Clip for Kids, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Camp Quality, and Papa John’s.

“We were so excited to find this company at the Atlanta Market,’ said Prickly Pear Boutique co-owner Amy Quinlan. ‘We were immediately drawn to their booth after seeing how they donate a headband to a child with cancer for each one sold.  The headbands are so stylish, and appeal to both younger children as well as adults. We are looking forward to the trunk show!’”

Headbands of Hope

Kosair Charities, Norton Healthcare Reach Settlement Agreement

Kosair Charities, Norton Healthcare Reach Settlement Agreement

 Organizations resolve disputes to focus on their respective missions. Children’s hospital name to change.

LOUISVILLE, KY August 11, 2016:  Kosair Charities Committee, Inc. and Norton Healthcare, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a settlement agreement that resolves all disputes between them on terms that allow each organization to focus on its respective mission.

Under this settlement agreement, Kosair Charities’ annual contributions for the children’s hospital currently being held by the Court during this dispute will be transferred to a separate endowment that will continue to fund 100% of the cost of charity care provided to children whose families cannot afford to pay for services at the children’s hospital until the endowment is exhausted.  Kosair Charities has also agreed to a one-time financial contribution that will be matched by Norton Healthcare, which will be used to help fund the cost of new or enhanced facilities or equipment at the children’s hospital.

As part of the agreement, the organizations agreed to terminate previous agreements between them.  Within six months, the Kosair name will be removed from the children’s hospital, as well as all other Norton Healthcare facilities and medical practices that include the Kosair name.

“We believe this resolution will prove beneficial to communities and children we serve,” said Stephen A. Williams, CEO, Norton Healthcare. “Both organizations remain committed to meeting children’s health care needs. The time has come for us to pursue that focus independently. We thank Kosair Charities and its members for their prior support and dedication to the Commonwealth’s children. Norton looks forward to continuing to serve the pediatric community.”

“We are happy to announce this agreement will allow Kosair Charities to continue to serve our longstanding mission of ensuring that all children in this community, regardless of their family’s ability to pay, receive the medical care they need,” said Jerry Ward, Chairman of the Board of Kosair Charities. “Although the needs of our children have changed, the focus of Kosair Charities remains the same. We look forward to helping the children at the children’s hospital as provided in today’s agreement, as well as to expanding our support for the over 100 pediatric agencies and life-changing programs outside of the hospital who rely upon Kosair Charities and our donors.”

Specific terms of the settlement agreement are not being made public.

About Norton Healthcare

For 130 years, Norton Healthcare’s faith heritage has guided its mission to provide quality health care to all those it serves. Today, Norton Healthcare is a leader in serving adult and pediatric patients throughout Greater Louisville, Southern Indiana, the commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. The hospital and health care system is the Louisville area’s third largest private employer, providing care at more than 210 locations throughout Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana. The Louisville-based not-for-profit system includes five Louisville hospitals with 1,837 licensed beds; seven outpatient centers; 13 Norton Immediate Care Centers; more than 13,000 employees; more than 750 employed medical providers; and approximately 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. In 2015 Norton Healthcare was named by Healthiest Employers as the 11th healthiest place to work in the country. More information about Norton Healthcare is available at NortonHealthcare.com.

About Kosair Charities

Since 1923, Kosair Charities has made it possible for children in this region who have nowhere else to turn to receive quality health care and other critical services. Kosair Charities is the largest charity for children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana and over the years, it has been the largest private supporter of Kosair Children’s Hospital. Each year, Kosair Charities gives millions of dollars in grants and other support to over 100 pediatric organizations for crucial care and services of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. To find out more information about Kosair Charities and the programs and services it supports, please go to Kosair.org.

The Benefits Firm To Host Annual Charity Golf Scramble Benefiting Kosair Charities®

THE BENEFITS FIRM TO HOST ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF SCRAMBLE

Benefiting Kosair Charities®

WHAT | Join The Benefits Firm for its Annual Golf Scramble benefiting Kosair Charities®.

WHEN | Friday, August 5

Registration begins and range opens: 10 a.m.

Shot-gun start: 11:30 a.m.

Buffet style dinner: 4:30 p.m.

WHERE | Quail Chase Golf Course

7000 Cooper Chapel Road

Louisville, KY 40229

MORE | Breakfast will be available during the registration period, with snacks and drinks being served throughout the scramble. The registration fee includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments on the course and a dinner reception. Prizes are awarded for the following: Top three teams, longest drive and closest to the pin.

Registration is open for individual players, as well as foursomes. Entry fees are $125/player. For more information about signing up, please contact Marki Hartlage at 502-637-7696.

For more information, visit https://kosair.org/event/benefitsfirmgolfscramble/.

St. Joseph Children’s Home and Kosair Charities® will celebrate two Silent Messenger statues on St. Joe’s Frankfort Avenue campus

Dr. Terry Brooks, Executive Director of Kentucky Youth Advocates announces partnership

 between St. Joe’s and the Face It® movement
Thursday, July 14 at 10 a.m.

What:   St. Joseph Children’s Home and Kosair Charities Silent Messenger statue celebration; announcement of St. Joe’s partnership with the FACE IT movement to end child abuse in Kentucky.

When:   Thursday, July 14, 10:00 a.m.

Where:    St. Joseph Children’s Home, 2823 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY  40206, front lawn St. Joseph Children’s Home will host a celebration of two new Kosair Charities Silent Messenger statues located on St. Joe’s Frankfort Avenue campus.  The statues are located at Frankfort Avenue and Brownsboro Road entrances to the property.   Last year Kosair Charities committed $1 million to St. Joe’s kids, specifically the construction of new residential cottages for up to 48 of Kentucky’s most abused and neglected children ages 5-14.

The Silent Messenger statues at St. Joe’s signify Kosair Charities’ commitment to the health and well being of kids in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  They are synonymous with the Shriners mission to help children.   The celebration falls almost one year following ribbon cutting in July 2015 at which Kosair Charities announced their $1 million financial commitment.

The Face It® Movement, conceived and created in 2012 as a response to the public outcry against the increasing number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth, officially launched on April 9, 2013, as a 10-year initiative led by Kosair Charities; its vision is that by 2023 all children in Jefferson County will be free from abuse and neglect. Face It directly addresses the increasingly unacceptable number of child abuse deaths in Jefferson County and the surrounding areas with best practices in child abuse prevention, community engagement and the promotion of effective policies to improve the child welfare system.

Follow Face It® on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/faceitabuse
Twitter: https://twitter.com/faceitabuse.

The event is open the public.

More information can be found at www.sjkids.org, or by calling 502.893.0241. St. Joseph Children’s Home hosts three programs:  residential treatment, foster care and adoption and a child development center.  For more information about these programs please visit:  www.sjkids.org.  St. Joe’s was founded in 1849.

Contact:  Andrea Pridham, Development Director, 502.893.0241, andreap@sjkids.org

Kosair Charities Media Contact: Erin Jones, 502.774.0767, erin@inmodemarketing.com

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame to Honor New Inductees at Banquet

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame to Honor New Inductees at Banquet

Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m.

WHAT |        2016 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees to be honored at banquet. The new inductees are listed below.

WHEN |       Thursday, June 2, 2016

6:00 p.m. Reception and Silent Auction

7:15 p.m. Dinner

8:00 p.m. Program

MEDIA PHOTO OPPS:

Induction: Pat Day

My Old KY Home sung by members of the Louisville Chamber Choir

Emcee: Paul Rogers

HS Athletes Award: Whitney Creech from Jenkins High School, presented by Ellis and Badenhausen, (Landon Young from Lafayette High School will not be in attendance.)

BEST PHOTO OPP: Cocktail hour from 6-7 p.m. with the athletes. There will be a group photo of the inductees at 6:45 p.m.

WHERE |    The Crowne Plaza Louisville 830 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209

WHO |         Class of 2016 (listed below)

                       Past Inductees will be in attendance, and available for interview:

Pat Day

Louie Dampier

Jim Host

Paul Rogers

Jack Hillerich and many more

MORE |      The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates their 53rd Anniversary and will hold the annual banquet to induct seven of Kentucky’s premiere athletes to the Hall of Fame. The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame honors athletes and sports figures who were born in or who played their respective sport in the state of Kentucky. Each inductee will receive a bronze plaque that will hang inside Louisville’s Freedom Hall. Past inductees include Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese, Pat Day, Denny Crum and many more. This semi-formal event includes a silent auction, dinner, and a program. All proceeds from this event benefit Kosair Charities.

NOTE: Media is welcome to stay and enjoy the dinner. Please RSVP if you plan to do so. 

Kosair Charities® & the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 

Class of 2016

Philip Haywood is the head football coach at Belfry High School. After 41 seasons, he is the winningest coach in Kentucky history with a record of 403-129. Since moving to Belfry in 1984, he has a record of 331-97 in 32 seasons, including 5 state championships and 6 runners-up finishes. Philip has been named the C-J Coach of the Year 4 times, was USA Today’s National Coach of the Year in 2013, received the Blanton Collier National School Coach of the Year in 2014, and will be inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2016.

Lakeside Swim Club, located in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, was founded in 1924. Lakeside began its first swim team in 1928 and has provided a rich history and tradition of high level competitive swimming, boasting 10 Olympians (1940-2012), numerous champions and qualifiers in the World Games, Pan Am Games, Olympic Trials, NCAA, Nationals, and Kentucky Championships. The swim team continues to host the Ohio Valley Championships, the oldest annual swimming meet held in the USA, as well as one of the longest hosted Masters Swim Meet’s (adult competition) in the USA.  Numerous swimmers, divers and coaches have earned local, state, and national accolades in their respective discipline while representing Lakeside. Lakeside’s reputation as one of the most unique swimming facilities is well-known throughout the country.

Joel Utley: This play-by-play broadcaster began describing the action of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Basketball games in 1961 and by the time of his induction had called more than 1,600 KWC games. Over those 55 years, Utley broadcast all 8 NCAA D-II title games won by KWC; 12 NCAA D-II Championship games and six straight title games all involving the Owensboro school. All were records. In addition to KWC basketball, Utley called high school football and basketball, plus KWC football until he began concentrating on basketball in the 1980s. A native of Madisonville, Utley’s love for basketball evolved by attending games officiated by his father, William Utley, a 1996 inductee to the KHSAA Hall of Fame.

Shaun Alexander began his football career as the running back for the Boone County Rebels legendary coach Owen Hauck. Shaun was 1994 Kentucky Mr. Football, 1993/1994 All State, was an All American, and was the ESPN #1 HS Recruit his senior year. In his senior year at Boone County, Alexander had 3,501 yards and 54 TDs. In his high school career he scored 110 TDs and rushed for 6,657 yards. Alexander attended the University of Alabama where he was named 1998/1999 All SEC, 1999 SEC Player of the Year, and NCAA All American. He left Alabama as the all-time rush and touchdown leader. In 2000, Alexander went first round to the Seattle Seahawks. He played in the Pro Bowl three times, was named All Pro twice, was named to the NFL 2000 All-Decade team and was 2005 NFL MVP. Alexander was the first football player to grace the cover of EA Sports College and NFL video games. Alexander’s nickname is Mr. Touchdown because he is the only person to score 110 TDs in high school, 50 in college and 112 in the NFL.

Darel Carrier- Scored 3,148 pts (64-point game) in high school. He was an All American at Western Kentucky University (50-point game), and broke WKU’s scoring record 26 ppg. In ABA, he averaged 20 ppg (53 point game), led 3-point percentage, best free throw percentage (89.19 in 1969-70), three-time All Star Team member, and made Top 30 All-Time Team. Voted 6th Best Backcourt (with Louie Dampier), Top 25 Shooting Guards, and Top 50 Free Throw Shooters in the history of the professional game. Leading scorer in the World Tournament. 1967 Gold Medal winner in Pan American Games (scored 32 pts -a record that has not been broken).

Kyra Elzy: Oe of the best girls’ basketball players from Kentucky, Kyra Elzy earned Eighth Region Player of the Year and All-State honors each of her final three seasons at Oldham County.  A two-time All-America selection by Parade Magazine and Street & Smith, Elzy led the Lady Colonels to four district titles, two regional championships and a semifinal appearance at the 1993 KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16®. Elzy went on to be a star at the University of Tennessee following her prep career, and was part of two national championship teams.

Scott Davenport, a native of Louisville’s South End where he was an all-district player at Iroquois High School, is ingrained in the Commonwealth’s basketball culture. Davenport is the only head coach to win both the KHSAA and NCAA Championships. In ten seasons at Louisville’s Ballard High School (86-96), Davenport compiled a 258-69 record, which included the 1988 State Championship. Davenport’s collegiate coaching includes VCU (85-86), UofL (96-05), and Bellarmine University (Beginning in 2005), where he won the 2011 National Championship.

SAVE THE DATE: Press Conference & Event Date Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame To Induct Seven New Members during Press Conference: April 18 at 10 a.m. & Event: Wednesday, June 2 at 6 p.m.

WHAT |          2016 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees to be introduced at a press conference at the KFC YUM! Center on Monday, April 18. The list of new inductees are listed below.

WHEN |          Press Conference:   Monday, April 18 at 10 a.m., KFC YUM Center

SAVE the Event Date: June 2, 2016 at The Crowne Plaza Louisville

WHERE |        Press Conference to be held at the KFC Yum! Center

COST |            $100 per ticket; $800 for table of 8. $3000 for sponsorship table (table of 8 plus 2 seats at an inductee’s table)

MORE |           The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates it’s 53rd Anniversary and will hold the annual banquet to induct seven of Kentucky’s premiere athletes to the Hall of Fame. The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame honors athletes and sports figures who were born in or who played their respective sport in the State of Kentucky. Each inductee will receive a bronze plaque that will hang inside Louisville’s Freedom Hall. Past inductees include Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese, Pat Day, Denny Crum and many more. This semi-formal event includes a silent auction, dinner, and a program. All proceeds from this event benefit Kosair Charities. For Tickets: http://www.KAHF16.eventbrite.com.

Kosair Charities® & the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame proudly presents its Class of 2016

Class of 2016
Press Conference: April 18 at 10 a.m.
Event Date: June 2  at 6 p.m.

Darel Carrier- Scored 3148 pts (64 point game) in HS. All American at WKU (50 point game). Broke WKU scoring record 26 ppg. In ABA, averaged 20 ppg (53 point game), led 3-point percentage, best Free Throw percentage(89.19 in 1969-70),three-time All Star Team member, and made Top 30 All-Time Team. Voted 6th Best Backcourt (with Louie Dampier), Top 25 Shooting Guards, and Top 50 Free Throw Shooters in the history of the professional game. Leading scorer in World Tournament. 1967 Gold Medal winner in Pan American Games (scored 32 pts -a record that has not been broken).

Kyra Elzy- One of the best girls’ basketball players from Kentucky, Kyra Elzy earned Eighth Region Player of the Year and All-State honors each of her final three seasons at Oldham County.  A two-time All-America selection by Parade Magazine and Street & Smith, Elzy led the Lady Colonels to four district titles, two regional championships and a semifinal appearance at the 1993 KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16®. Elzy went on to star at the University of Tennessee following he prep career and was a pair of two national championship teams.

Lakeside Swim Club, located in the highlands neighborhood of Louisville was founded in 1924 . Lakeside began its first swim team in 1928 and has provided a rich history and tradition of high level competitive swimming, boasting 10 Olympians (1940-2012), numerous champions and qualifiers in the World Games, Pan Am Games, Olympic Trials, NCAA, Nationals, and Kentucky Championships. The swim team continues to host the Ohio Valley Championships, the oldest annual swimming meet held in the USA, as well as one of the longest hosted Masters Swim Meet’s (adult competition) in the USA.  Numerous swimmers, divers and coaches have earned local, state, and national accolades in their respective discipline while representing Lakeside. Lakeside’s reputation as one of the most unique swimming facilities is well-known throughout the country.

Philip Haywood is the head football coach at Belfry High School. After 41 seasons, he is the winningest coach in Kentucky history with a record of 403-129. Since moving to Belfry in 1984, he has a record of 331-97 in 32 seasons, including 5 state championships and 6 runners-up finishes. Philip has been named the C-J Coach of the Year 4 times, was USA Today’s National Coach of the Year in 2013, received the Blanton Collier National School Coach of the Year in 2014, and will be inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2016.

Scott Davenport, a native of Louisville’s South End where he was an all-district player at Iroquois High School, is ingrained in the Commonwealth’s basketball culture. Davenport is the only head coach to win both the KHSAA and NCAA Championships. In ten seasons at Louisville’s Ballard High School (86-96), Davenport compiled a 258-69 record, which included the 1988 State Championship. Davenport’s collegiate coaching includes VCU (85-86), UofL (96-05), and Bellarmine University (Beginning in 2005), where he won the 2011 National Championship.

Shaun Alexander began his football career as the running back for Boone County Rebels Legendary Coach Owen Hauck. Shaun was 1994 Kentucky  Mr. Football, 1993/1994 All State, was an All American, and was the ESPN #1 HS Recruit his senior year. His senior year at Boone County, Alexander has 3501 yards and 54 TDs. In his HS career he scored 110 TDs and rushed for 6657 yards. Alexander attended the University of Alabama he was named 1998/1999 All SEC, 1999 SEC Player of the Year, and NCAA All American. He left Alabama as the all-time rush and touchdown leader. In 2000, Alexander went first round to the Seattle Seahawks. He played in the Pro Bowl three times, was named All Pro twice, was named to the NFL 2000 All decade team and was 2005 NFL MVP. Alexander was the first football player to grace the cover of EA Sports College and NFL video games. Alexander’s nickname is Mr. Touchdown because he is the only person to score 110 TDs in High School, 50 in college and 112 in the NFL. 

Joel Utley: This play-by-play broadcaster began describing the action of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Basketball games in 1961and by the time of his induction had called more than 1600 KWC games. Over those 55 year, Utley broadcast all 8 NCAA D-II title games won by KWC; 12 NCAA D-II Championship games and six straight title games all involving the Owensboro school. All were records. In addition to KWC basketball, Utley called high school football and basketball, plus KWC football until he began concentrating on basketball in the 1980s. A native of Madisonville, Utley’s love for basketball evolved by attending games officiated by his father, William Utley , a 1996 inductee to the KHSAA Hall of Fame.