Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Selection of Inductees and Honorees

The Selection of all Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame inductees and honorees shall be the primary responsibility of the Grand Divisions of the State of Tennessee; however, final approval shall be given by the Board of Directors to all honorees and inductees.

Inductee Selection:

Selection of living inductees shall be limited to eleven (11) persons each year, two (2) persons from each Grand Division and five (5) persons from the state-at-large. The names of all persons for the state-at-large shall be placed on a ballot and shall be voted upon by the Board.  Living inductees must have been in retirement from the activity or sport for which they are nominated for at least three (3) years or in the alternative, may still be active in a sport or activity and be fifty (50) years of age or older.

Each Grand Division may nominate five (5) candidates for state-at-large voting.   These will include the category of posthumous induction.

Honoree Selection:

At the Fall Board Meeting the President of the Board will select one member from each Grand Division to serve for a period of two years on the Honoree Committee.

Each Grand Division will make its recommendations for honorees to be considered by the honoree committee no later than 1 April each year. The Honoree committee will then recommend to the full board the Honorees to be considered for selection. The honorees will be confirmed in each category by majority vote of the full board at a special called board meeting.

Honorees shall be chosen for sports whose season begins with in the specific calendar year, and ends prior to April the following year. For example all sports that began in 2011, ending with Basketball that has a 2011-12 season. Spring sports would be honored in the next calendar year.

The Board may select a Tennessee Amateur Male Athlete and an Amateur Female Athlete of the Year. In addition to these individuals any amateur athlete that is recognized as the national outstanding athlete in their sport regardless of division or classification will also be recognized as Amateur Athlete of the Year. The board may nominate Athletes for Special Achievement Awards.

The Board may select one Tennessee Amateur Team of the Year. However, any Amateur Tennessee team having won a National Championship will automatically be recognized as an Amateur Team of the Year. In addition to the Amateur Team of the Year the board can recognize up to two additional teams, for Special Achievement Team Awards. If no teams have accomplishments that warrant either above mentioned category the Board can chose to forgo the category for that calendar year.

The Board may select up to two Tennessee Professional Players one Male and one Female Professional Athletes of the Year.

The Board may select one Professional Team of the Year that has achieved levels of accomplishment worthy of this award. The only exception to having more than one Professional Team of the Year is if Tennessee has two or more Professional Teams that achieved the same level of excellence in their respected sport.

The Board may also select one person or team for the Historical Achievement Award. The Board may also select one additional honoree to be selected as the Pat Summit Lifetime Achievement recipient.

To nominate an individual:

Fill out the Nomination Form  hard copy. When filling out the form please  follow the instructions on the form and submit it along with any supporting materials.

Please keep in mind there are a significant number of well qualified athletes that have contributed to the great sports heritage of Tennessee.  Because of this some nominations will not be selected and others may take a significant amount of time to be selected.    All nominations remain active for a period of five years.  If a nominee is not selected in that time, you may re-nominate.

Please fill out the entire form to nominate someone for the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame



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