The Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Awards
Apr 2, 2023
Honoring Palm Beach County Sports Legends
The Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame will honor the 46th annual induction class in a ceremony on April 2, 2023, at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. The 2023 Hall of Fame Inductees are Alfred Morris, Johnny Rutledge, Jon Bostic, Sonja Friend-Uhl, Brad Peacock, Eric Moore, and Jim Arbogast.
Established in 1977
In 1977, after years of covering local sports, veteran sportswriter Chuck Otterson decided the time was right to formally recognize the accomplishments of area athletes. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has been involved with this event since 2004, developing it into the successful program it is today.
Nominations are made by the general public and members of the Hall of Fame Committee. Candidates must have been born, attended school, or achieved their major sports accomplishment in Palm Beach County in order to be considered for the Hall of Fame. Candidates must never have been convicted or found guilty of a felony offense. Nominations are reviewed and committee members and past inductees select the individuals welcomed annually into the Hall of Fame.
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Annual Recognition Banquet
Each year in early spring the inductees are honored at a gala banquet. Their lifetime of outstanding contributions in sports is recognized as they are inducted into the elite membership of the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. Also honored during this banquet are the Annual Sports Awards which include High School Athlete of the Year – Female, High School Athlete of the Year – Male, Amateur Athlete of the Year Presented by the RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl, Andrews-Ceravolo Coach of the Year, Bud Newkirk Coach of the Year, Champion of Equity and Diversity in Sports, Dick Moroso Memorial Motorsports Award, Outstanding Sports Contributor, Special Olympics Athlete of the Year Award, and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Trailblazer Award.
In 2004, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins Spring Training, became the permanent site of the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. Banners commemorating inductees for each year from 1977 hang around the stadium concourse and are viewed each year by hundreds of thousands of people attending events at the stadium.
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The Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor the outstanding achievements and contributions of local athletes, coaches, administrators, media, and others in the field of sports. Each year in early spring, the inductees are honored at a gala banquet.