For over 30 years, the West Palm Beach law firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath has been helping victims and their families get fair compensation for injuries caused by the negligence or recklessness of others. Practicing exclusively in the areas of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, they specialize in cases involving Motor Vehicle Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Nursing Home Abuse and Legal Malpractice. The firm’s goal is to provide each client with the highest quality representation by a phenomenal team of lawyers, paralegals, and staff of over 70 employees.
Currently about 1% of all Florida lawyers are Board Certified Civil Trial attorneys. At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, every partner is recognized by the Florida Bar as Board Certified in Civil Trial practice and, as such, recognized as experts or specialists in this field.
The firm has helped thousands of clients in Florida and throughout the United States. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath has an established a reputation of taking on the largest insurance companies, corporations, manufacturers and hospitals in America, while at the same time offering a completely personalized experience for each of their clients by always being available when needed, 24 hours a day. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath have been recognized as a Tier 1 Best Law Firm by US News & World Report for nine consecutive years, something few law firms can vaunt. “We Fight For Your Rights” is not just the firm’s slogan; it’s their life’s purpose. In the courtroom or in the community, they are always here to help.
Honoring Palm Beach County Sports Legends
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.
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. Nominations are reviewed and committee members and past inductees select the individuals welcomed annually into the Hall of Fame.
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 is are Palm Beach County’s Amateur Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Outstanding Sports Contributor, High School Coach of the Year, High School Athlete of the Year (Male and Female), Special Olympics Athlete of the Year, and the Dick Moroso Memorial Motorsports 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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Jacoby Brissett was a star football and basketball player at Dwyer High School and was named the Lou Graza High School Football Player of the Year in 2010. He led his teams to state championships in football and basketball and was rated one of the Nation's best high school players in both sports. Jacoby played quarterback at the University of Florida and North Carolina State University. In 2016, Brissett was drafted in the third round by the New England Patriots, where his team won the Super Bowl. The next year he was traded to the Indianapolis Colts, where he is currently the starting quarterback. In the off-season, he continues to devote his time to assist and mentor kids in the Palm Beach County community.
Taffy Brower is a legendary golfer who has collected more than 35 major trophies in a variety of formats. Among the major victories for the long-time Boynton Beach resident, there are 7 Palm Beach County Women’s Amateur titles, 6 Tri-County Women’s Championships (Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade), and 4 in both the Florida Women’s State Match Play Championship and the West Palm Beach Women’s City Championship. She has also won the Women’s Southern Seniors (50-and-older) and the Women’s Southern Super Seniors (70-and-older) 3 times apiece. Among Brower’s additional chief accomplishments are being selected 17 times for the prestigious Florida-Georgia team matches as well as qualifying for more than 50 USGA Championships, winning the inaugural Women’s Four-Ball in 2015. In 2004, Brower earned the first Florida Women’s State Golf Association Player-of-the-Year award, anchored by winning both the Southern Amateur and Southern Senior Amateur titles that year. She was inducted into the Florida State Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2014. She also captured top honors in the Florida Women’s State Stroke Play Championship and the prestigious Doherty Women’s Amateur (Fort Lauderdale) two times apiece. Off the course, Brower helped run the Palm Beach County Women’s County Amateur for 20 years, keeping it alive and thriving, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Wayside House, a women’s addiction treatment center in Delray Beach, for two decades.
Coach Jack Daniels starred in football and baseball at North Shore High School. He played football at the University of Florida and upon graduation began his coaching career at Dwyer High School in 1991. He became head football coach in 1997 and coached the Dwyer football teams to 234 wins over 23 years. His teams won two state championships and made the playoffs 20 times during his tenure. Over 300 of his players have played college football and over 20 have played in the NFL. Some of his awards include two-time winner of the Lou Groza High School Coach of the Year award, several times Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel Coach of the Year, Miami Dolphins High School Coach of the Year and Nike High School Coach of the Year.
Fred Harkness is a native of Murrysville, PA and later played baseball at, and graduated from, Clarion, PA., University. Harkness became a PGA of America member in 1975, played on the PGA Tour in 1977 and later became the Head professional and director of golf at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Course. He is a complete PGA professional as a player, teacher and administrator. Students include tour winners Marc Turnesa, PGA Tour and Heather Daly-Donofrio, LPGA. Harkness is a South Florida PGA Section and Southeast Chapter award winner, Golf Digest top 50 instructors in Florida, served as director for Jupiter Hospital Foundation and PGA Credit Union.
Nick O’Leary is an American football tight end for the Miami Dolphins. He attended Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, where he played football and lacrosse and won state titles in both sports. During his senior football season, he was considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and listed as the top-ranked tight end recruit in his class. He played college football at Florida State and as a true freshman, O'Leary played in all 13 games with two starts. After considering entering the 2014 NFL Draft, O'Leary returned to Florida State for his senior season. During his senior season, he set Florida State’s record for career receptions as a tight end and won the John Mackey Award. He was also named a consensus All-American. After college, O'Leary was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round (194th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. O'Leary was released by the Bills but then signed to the Miami Dolphins' practice squad and was promoted to the active roster. He scored his first touchdown with the Dolphins in Week 6 against the Bears on a five-yard pass from Brock Osweiler. O'Leary signed a one-year contract extension with the Dolphins through the 2019 season. O'Leary's maternal grandfather is golfing legend Jack Nicklaus.
Mike Perez is the head of both the men’s and women’s tennis program at Lynn University. With seven national championships under his belt, he has shown consistency in not only producing champions on the tennis courts but also in the classroom. He coached 73 All-Americans on the men’s side and 113 on the women’s side, while leading both teams to academic success season after season. Perez's tennis programs have become synonymous with success, notching his 1,000th career victory in 2016. Boasting an overall record of 1,056-274 (.794), Perez has notched 597 victories with the women and 459 on the men's side.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia was born in West Palm Beach, FL and attended Royal Palm Beach High School. He was a standout baseball player and was a member of Team Florida USA and won Gold with the team in the 2001 Junior Olympics. Salty was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2003. He played with the Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Socks, Miami Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays and has a World Series ring with the Boston Red Socks. He retired in 2018 and is now the head baseball coach at Kings Academy.
Amateur Athlete of the Year
Andrews-Ceravolo High School Coach of the Year
High School Female Athlete of the Year presented by Greenberg Traurig
High School Male Athlete of the Year presented by Waypoint Residential
Bud Newkirk Coach of the Year
Outstanding Sports Contributor presented by Diego Rico
Special Olympics Athlete of the Year Award
Dick Moroso Memorial Motorsports Award