To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, the Board of Directors has announced the 2010 class of inductees which runs the gamut from football, basketball and baseball stars to swimming and tennis.
The Class of 2010 consists of University of South Carolina graduates Bill Currier, who played in the NFL, and Bob McNair, owner of the NFL’s Houston Texans; Clemson grads Horace Grant, who won four NBA titles, and Joe Bostic, who played in the NFL. Also being inducted are Paul Scarpa, Furman’s longtime coach who is the winningest active NCAA Division I tennis coach; MLB standout and Spartanburg native Wayne Tolleson in addition to Courtney Shealy Hart of Irmo, who took home a swimming gold medal in the 2000 Olympics; and Stan Smith, a longtime Hilton Head resident who won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open tennis titles.
The eight will be inducted to the state’s highest athletic honor on May 24, 2010 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Tickets (table of eight for $500) and program sponsorships may be purchased by calling the SCAHOF office at 803/779-0905. The affair, which includes a reception, dinner and a silent auction of sports memorabilia, begins at 5:30 p.m.
In addition to the inductees donning of the symbolic blue jackets, the Bobby Richardson Sportsmanship Award recipient and the professional and amateur athletes of the year will also be honored. The affair, which includes a host of returning past inductees, is the largest annual celebration of Palmetto State sports stars under one roof. Legendary South Carolina State coach and 2008 SCAHOF President Willie Jeffries, known for his wit and witticism, will again preside over the banquet as master of ceremonies along with Executive Director Ephraim Ulmer and this year’s president, Andy Solomon, from The Citadel.