Its that time of year when eyes across the state focus on Macon for the induction of the latest class into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
It starts with a golf event Friday at Idle Hour Club that attracts golfers from all over the state, as well as many inductees of the Hall. This is a wonderful event and an opportunity to visit with these outstanding athletes face to face. There are still some spots available.
The Friday night VIP cocktail reception at the Hall is an opportunity to be among the first to see the Class of 2014 exhibits in the largest state sports museum in the country. Its also a rare chance to visit with the many Hall of Famers who are in attendance. This is an invitation only event that is open to all golf event participants.
The induction ceremony Saturday night at the City Auditorium promises to be the one of the best ever with a star-studded list of inductees and Hall members whose names are known throughout the sports world.
James Brooks of Warner Robins fame went on to set records at Auburn and in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bobby Cremins led the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to national prominence as their basketball head coach.
Jim Hughes is a state champion football coach who went undefeated in 1994 in Colquitt County.
Homer Rice has done it all as a high school, college and professional football coach but is probably best known as the long time athletics director at Georgia Tech.
Hollis Stacy is one of the best to ever play on the LPGA Tour, capturing three U.S. Open titles in her career.
Frank Thomas is among the best baseball players of his era and will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame later this year.
Chester Webb has held the all-time scoring and rebounding records at Georgia Southern for almost 60 years.
Scott Woerner is credited by Vince Dooley as being the defensive player most responsible for the 1980 Georgia football teams national championship.
If you havent been downtown to the Halls neighborhood lately, its worth a few minutes of your time just to ride through and see all of the positive developments taking place to make our city attractive, proud and enticing to all who live here and visit.
Sports, along with the best education available, create avenues for personal growth and character development and the Hall is working to instill these positive traits in the youth of Middle Georgia and in children throughout our state. We should all be proud that our city was chosen to house our greatest athletes.
Ray Cutright is the director of golf operations at Idle Hour Club.