Friday, February 10, 2012

Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees


 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees (L to R) Mary Brock McMahon, Willie Brown, Bob Williams, Dwight Henderson


Media release: The Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame announces four inductees into the 2012 Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame.  The 2012 inductees are: Willie Brown, Amateur Athletics; Mary Brock McMahon, Amateur Athletics; Bob Williams, Meritorious Service and Dwight Henderson, Lifetime Achievement.

This year's ceremony will be held Monday, February 27 at the Krannert Center at Berry College.  The evening consists of a reception, dinner banquet and awards ceremony.  Tickets are still available and are $25.  Tickets may be purchased in-person at 1 Shorter Avenue.

The annual Sports Hall of Fame banquet also recognizes individuals and organizations that have provided outstanding support for RFPRA recreational programs.  Additionally, twelve male and female college bound high school seniors in Rome and Floyd County will be recognized for academic, athletic and community achievements. The program has provided over $65,000 in scholarship money to many extraordinary student athletes.

The Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame was started in 1971 in order to recognize amateur and professional athletes and those who contribute to the growth and development of sports.  Nominations are submitted in four categories: Amateur Athletics, Professional Athletics, Meritorious Service and Lifetime Achievement. Nominations for the Sports Hall of Fame are submitted by the general public and are received year-round. 

The cost of the Sports Hall of Fame program is solely supported by ticket sales and sponsorships. The event is hosted by the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame Committee and Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority. For event questions or to purchase tickets, please contact Betsy Hampson, Recreation Manager, 706.291.0766, or visit the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority at: 1 Shorter Avenue in Rome, Georgia.

2012 Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Bios:


Mary Brock McMahon

Amateur Athletics

Mary McMahon will be honored in the 2012 Sports Hall of Fame for Amateur Athletics and recognized for her outstanding prep career at Model High School. Not only did she stand out on the basketball court, but she earned letters in four sports including softball, tennis and track. Upon receiving a full athletic scholarship to Furman, she helped lead her basketball team to numerous wins where she played in every game.


Willie Brown

Amateur Athletics

Willie Brown will be honored in the 2012 Sports Hall of Fame for Amateur Athletics to pay tribute to his amazing athletic ability on the basketball court as a deaf player, playing alongside hearing teammates.  He graduated from Georgia School for the Deaf and received a full athletic scholarship to Hofstra University in New York. He was one of the first deaf persons to ever play major Division 1 basketball and has since dedicated his expertise and talents for officiating and volunteerism.


Bob Williams

Meritorious Service

Bob Williams will be honored in the 2012 Sports Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service. Williams has held a lifelong passion for sports and has always shared his passion with others.  He is known for his character of dedication, support and generosity.  For thirty years, he has financially supported high school and collegiate sports to help promote and build local athletics. Williams has also given generously of his time to promote sports over the air-waves as a sports commentator.


Dwight Henderson

Lifetime Achievement

Dwight Henderson will be honored in the 2012 Sports Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement.  After graduating from Berry, he went on to become one of the most successful coaches here in Rome coaching football, basketball and track.  In boys basketball, he has led more teams to victory than any other coach in Rome history.  Henderson is a man of principle that leads with honesty and character making a difference in the lives for so many young people in our community.


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