Brenda Lawson Selected For Fred Gregg Jr. Award

Chattanooga Sports HOF is Feb. 25

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Cleveland, Tenn., businesswoman and philanthropist Brenda Lawson has been selected by the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame to receive the Fred Gregg Jr. Award, the organization’s most prestigious honor, at its Feb. 25th banquet, to be held at the Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center.

Previously announced honorees include Brooke Pancake as Female Athlete of the Year, Steven Fox as Male Athlete of the Year, Peggy Michaels for the Betty Probasco Lifetime Achievement Award, and Rachel Price as the Jim Morgan/Allan Morris Award winner.

Also to be honored that evening will be Hall of Fame inductees. They will be announced next week.

Banquet Tickets: Hall of Fame dinner tickets are $35 each. For reservations call Dr. John Farr at 423-875-9282. Ticket order deadline is Feb. 15.

“Mrs. Lawson certainly has distinguished herself in the sports arena with her contributions to the University of Tennessee, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Cleveland High School,” said Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame president Dr. John Farr.

In 2011, UTC named a new athletics complex the Brenda Lawson Student/Athletic Center. That complex houses the athletic fitness center, a basketball practice court utilized by the men’s and women’s teams, and a large meeting room for the school’s athletic teams. UTC’s McKenzie Arena is also named for her.

In 2007, the University of Tennessee named the Lady Vols practice court in the Pratt Pavilion the Brenda Lawson Court. The softball complex at Cleveland High School is also named in her honor.  She also is a longtime supporter of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

The CEO of Brenda Lawson & Associates continues to contribute monies to each of the three schools. She serves on the UT Development Council, is on the executive committee for the UT Alliance for Women Philanthropists  and co-chairs the capital campaign for the university. At UTC, she is on the Foundation Board and serves on the advisory board for the UTC School of Business. She is involved with women’s success programs at both UT and UTC.

Her significant contributions go far beyond the field of athletics. She is president of Cleveland 100 and immediate past president of the Bradley/Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Lawson serves on the boards of the Bradley County United Way and Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland.

She has been honored by several organizations. UT named her Philanthropist of the Year in 2012, while the Association of Professional Fund-Raisers proclaimed her Philanthropist of the Year in 2006. She earned the M.C. Headrick Free Enterprise honor in 2010. She is also past recipient of Southern Conference Distinguished Service Award, the Cleveland Junior Achievement Free Enterprise Award and the Cleveland Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award.

The UTC School of Business inducted her into its Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2004 and she was the school’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006.

 


Lookouts Max Kepler Named Southern League Player Of The Year

Minnesota Twins prospect, Max Kepler, has been named the Southern League MVP. Kepler, the Twins number six overall prospect led the Southern League in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. The Chattanooga Lookouts outfielder hit .327, with 73 runs, 32 doubles, 12 triples, nine home runs and swiped 18 bases. He has a smooth swing and hits the ball over the ... (click for more)

Silverdale, Signal Mountain, Hixson Post Girls Soccer Wins

Silverdale's Audrey Grace Canter and Caily Fouts scored goals Thursday night in the Lady Seahawks 2-1 win over CSAS.  Alli Dudley had an assist for Silverdale. CSAS's goal was scored by Kielyn Bright.    Silverdale's Sage Johnson had 12 saves and CSAS's Cady Pruett had 10 saves.   Also on Thursday, Signal Mountain beat Grace 5-1 and Hixson beat Central ... (click for more)

Trustee To Be Appointed To Oversee Hutcheson Medical Center Bankruptcy With Focus On Sale Of Fort Oglethorpe Hospital

A trustee will be appointed to oversee the bankruptcy case of Hutcheson Medical Center with a focus on getting the financially-strapped Fort Oglethorpe hospital sold. The U.S. Trustee's Office had filed a motion asking that the bankruptcy be dissolved due to the debt rising to $6.3 million since the bankruptcy was filed last November. However, all parties finally agreed it was ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Reaches Settlement With Former Police Chief On Lawsuit

The Soddy Daisy Commission acting on the recommendation from City Attorney Sam Elliott, voted to accept the decision made during mediation regarding a lawsuit against the city. City Manager Janice Cagle and attorney Elliott attended a day-long mediation concerning that lawsuit against the city brought by former police chief David Loftis claiming wrongful termination. While the city ... (click for more)

Who's Responsible For East Ridge's Stadium? - And Response (2)

There just can be no excuse for East Ridge High School's stadium being in such dangerous condition that it has been condemned.   Where is responsible for this? I know there are a few other stadiums like this as well. And there is no excuse for this.  Building new and beautiful schools, state of the art technology. Top athletic facilities as well. Yet, East Ridge ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Every Child Must Watch This

In the course of my day, I read different websites, am sent all kinds of neat videos and I love the jokes I get. But when I logged onto my ever-bulging email account Thursday morning, I happened across the scariest, most terrifying video I have ever watched. There is a website I check called “Atchuup” that boasts “cool stories daily.” Some are pretty good but this one nearly knocked ... (click for more)