We would like to acknowledge and thank the following businesses for their support and services:
Lee and Lee, P.A. - legal services
Tony Chance and Co. - tax services
City of Forest - use of Gaddis Park and supporting materials
Scott County Times - publicity
We would like to thank the following individuals, organizations, and businesses that have contributed regular services each year:
Karen Robertson - design of souvenir program
Nelson Printing - printing of souvenir program
Wesley Ellis/Ellis Photography - souvenir posters
Mississippi Trophy - inductee plaques
Ann Cahoon - catering
Boy Scouts of America, Troop 63 - color guard, guest assistance
Billy Freeman - event photography
Roosevelt State Park - venue
Tom Cooper - sound
Stagelite and Sound - sound
Whimsey's - signs
The following groups have provided services intermittently:
Forest High School Cheerleaders - hostess services
Lake High School Cheerleaders - hostess services
Lake High School Softball Team - hostess services
Scott Central Cheerleaders - hostess services
Lake High School Choir - national anthem
The following individuals have provided special services
Valerie Carson - national anthem
Natalie Duncan Emmons - national anthem
Sid Salter - speaker
Ken Karcher - speaker
Richard Williams - speaker
Jason Dyess - speaker
The Scott County Sports Hall of Fame is incorporated with the Mississippi Secretary of State as a non-profit entity as of February 26, 2015, under the laws of the Mississippi Constitution.
Initial planned non-profit activity: Athletic foundation
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In August 2014, just a few weeks after a local Scott County (Mississippi) native was inducted into the state sports hall of fame, an effort was launched to establish a local program to honor athletic achievement across the county.
An organizing committee met at Kat’s Kave in Forest to establish the Scott County Sports Hall of Fame with the goal of inducting its first class in 2015.
The hall of fame for Scott County athletic interests was the idea of Frank Edmondson of Lake who had heard about the same kind of program in other areas of the state.
“When I heard about it being done in other places, I thought ‘why not Scott County?’ We have such a rich athletic tradition of achievement and this would be a great way to showcase that tradition,” Edmondson said.
A committee was eventually formed to make the Hall of Fame a reality.
In its first meeting, the committee elected officers and discussed eligibility rules and the induction ceremony.
“There are so many people that are worthy of induction throughout the modern history of our county. We will likely have a large initial class and pare it down after that for annual inductions,” Edmondson said at the time.
The committee used the eligibilty requirements from the state hall of fame as a guide, tweaking it for local needs.
“We acknowledge that even with detailed guidelines, there may be deserving individuals who do not fall within the existing eligibility guidelines,” Edmondson and the committee said.
A person proposed in this situation could be considered in the nominating pool if all members of the selection committee are in attendance and approve the exception.
Nominations are welcome year around but must be received by September 30 to be considered in the next year's class.
On April 25, the selection committee held its first induction class at the Livingston Center for Performing Arts at Roosevelt State Park in Morton, Miss. A class of 25 members were inducted before a near capacity crowd of spectators attending.
Our display of inductees is set up for viewing year-around for the Hall of Fame in the pavilion office at Gaddis Park in Forest.