This year's honorees include:
Joseph Buggs, Huntington High School and Elizabeth City State multi-sport athlete in the 1950s. He also signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and taught and coached football, basketball, and track at several area high schools and colleges.
Carol Frenck, a world-class racquetball player who won the 1980 national open singles title and several national doubles championship and played on three U.S. national teams. Frenck went on to win two cycling gold medals in the National Senior Games. She began Ferguson High School’s girls’ tennis team in 1975, winning the state championship a year later.
Charles S. Hovis, who coached Tabb High School's football team for 24 years, with a 186-84-2 record, winning multiple championships and producing future NFL standouts Chris Slade and Terry Kirby.
Dennis Kozlowski, who coached three state championship teams in football and three in outdoor track at Bethel High School. As the school’s athletic director from 1983 through 2000, Bethel teams won 21 Peninsula District titles and 13 state team championships.
Charlie Nuttycombe coached football and track at Newport News High School and Menchville High School from 1956 through 1990. As a coach, teams he coached (either as head coach, co-coach or assistant coach) won 21 state championships.
C. J. Woollum coached basketball at Christopher Newport University for 26 years, winning 502 games and 13 conference championships, including 17 NCAA tournament appearances. Woollum served as athletic director from 1987 to 2012. During that time, CNU’s athletic program won 15 consecutive President’s Cups, awarded to the USA South’s top overall athletic program.
In 2002, the selection committee established the “Outstanding Achievement” award to honor those whose achievements on and off the field have played a significant role in the development and promotion of athletes and athletics in the local area. This year we honor Mary McCoy, for her outstanding contributions to little league baseball and Henry Morgan for his devotion to the Peninsula Pilots summer baseball team.