ANNUAL BROADCAST OF LOUISIANA SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONIES
SET TO DEBUT TUESDAY NIGHT ON COX SPORTS TV; REBROADCASTS THROUGHOUT MONTH
NATCHITOCHES – For the 14th consecutive year, Cox Sports Television and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association productions will combine to broadcast the highlights of last month’s induction ceremonies of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, beginning with the premiere showing Tuesday evening at 7.
This year’s induction ceremony is presented by the State Farm Insurance agents of Louisiana.
The debut broadcast for the show will be at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday (July 12). Other listings this week will include on Thursday (July 14) at 5 p.m. and Friday (July 15) at 6 p.m.
The hour-long show will focus on the induction ceremony at the Natchitoches Events Center, but will also show some of the events that highlight the induction weekend including the Cleco/Hall of Fame Golf Scramble at Oak Wing in Alexandria; the La Capitol FCU/Hall of Fame Kickoff Reception at Maglieaux’s on the Cane; and, the Saints/Pelicans Junior Training Camp on the Northwestern State campus.
In the induction class were coaches Jim Hightower (high school football) and Rick Jones (Tulane baseball) along with basketball star P.J. Brown, football player Anthony Thomas and baseball pitcher and Olympic Gold Medalist Ben Sheets.
Inducted posthumously was former LSU, Southeastern and Louisiana-Lafayette Coach Art Swanson, Negro Baseball League player and manager Alvin Malarcher and star player and later women’s basketball coach Janice Joseph Richard.
There will also be an interview with this year’s winner of the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award and Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Julian Bales, who has helped lead the charge and research on head injuries in athletic competitions.
Fans will also hear from the two recently retired winners of this year’s Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism – Jim Hawthorne, LSU’s “Voice of the Tigers”; and, the former sports writer and editor of the Alexandria Town Talk, Bob Tompkins. Under LSWA rules, both are also now members of the Hall of Fame.
Lyn Rollins, the voice of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and Louisiana television personally Tammi Arender again will host the broadcast along with LSWA Past President Kent Lowe.
Other July showings include (all times CDT): July 18, 8 p.m.; July 19, Noon; July 23, Noon; July 24, 3 p.m.; July 26, Noon; July 29, 1 and 6 p.m.; July 31, 3 p.m. More show dates in August will be announced later this month.
The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum is located at 800 Front Street in Natchitoches, showcasing the great sports history in the state. For more information on the Hall of Fame, go to the web site LaSportsHall.com.