ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME HONORS RANDY KENNEDY 2024 MEL ALLEN MEDIA AWARD

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Randy Kennedy will be recognized as the 2024 Mel Allen Media Award recipient at the 56th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

The Mel Allen Media Award was created to honor media members in the State of Alabama who have made a lifetime contribution to sports through their work as a media member. The award is named after the 1974 ASHOF Inductee Mel Allen, of Birmingham, who was known as the “Voice of the New York Yankees” for two decades.

Randy Kennedy is a Chelsea High School graduate who began his professional career by broadcasting high school football and basketball games while still a student at the University of Montevallo. He worked at the Shelby County Reporter before he started his career covering SEC sports for the Dothan Eagle. Kennedy worked the Auburn Tigers beat for one year before covering the Alabama Crimson Tide for three years, culminating in the 1992 national championship season. He has since been a columnist and editor at the Valdosta Daily Times, the Alexander City Outlook, the Opelika-Auburn News and the Mobile Press-Register/AL.com. In 2022, Kennedy was named one of the 50 Legends of the Alabama Sports Writers Association. He now lives in Mobile, where he can be heard on iHeart Radio’s Sports Talk 99.5.

Kennedy joins a distinguished list of others who have been honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as Mel Allen Media Award recipients. They are: John Pruett (2014), George Smith (2014), Tom Roberts (2015), Ron Ingram (2017), Cecil Hurt (2019), Paul Finebaum (2020), Rubin Grant (2021), Mark McCarter (2022), and Rick Karle (2023).

The 56th Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 4, 2024. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

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ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME HONORS ROY PARKER 2024 FRANK “PIG” HOUSE AWARD

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Roy Parker will be recognized as the 2024 Frank “Pig” House Award recipient at the 56th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

The Frank “Pig” House Award is given to someone who has performed outstanding service to sports in Alabama, and whom the Board of Directors feels worthy of special recognition. The award is named after the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s first Chairman of the Board who was instrumental in the founding of the Hall of Fame.

Roy Parker was born in Montgomery, Alabama on June 18, 1944. In 2002, he was voted into the Robert E. Lee High School Hall of Fame. Roy was employed by ALFA Mutual Insurance Company for 39 years as a district claims manager serving Georgia and Alabama before retiring in 2006. While at ALFA, he won the District Manager of the Year award nine times. Roy worked with the Blue/Gray Football Classic for 24 years starting in 1954. For 33 years, he has volunteered with the Auburn University Athletic Department working on the sidelines of Jordan-Hare Stadium missing only one home football game since 1989. Roy has been a member of the Auburn Athletic Director’s Club for 12 years and has served on their Board of Directors. He was named the club’s Member of the Year in 2019. Roy became an honorary member of the Auburn Football Letterman’s Club and the Auburn “A” Club in 2006. Roy cherishes the relationships he has developed and maintained with many coaches and players during his involvement with Auburn Athletics.

Parker joins a distinguished list of others who have been honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as Frank “Pig” House Award recipients. They are: Sammy Dunn (2004), Avalee Willoughby (2007), Buddy Anderson (2014), Emanuel “Tubb” Bell IV (2017), Don Hawkins (2020), Reeves Sims (2021), Eddie Conyers (2022), and William Booth (2023).

The 56th Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 4, 2024. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

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ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME HONORS KERRY GOODE 2024 DISTINGUISHED ALABAMA SPORTSMAN

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Kerry Goode will be recognized as the 2024 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman at the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 56th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Goode was a member of the University of Alabama football team where he was the 1983 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year. Kerry served as Captain of the Crimson Tide team and was voted by his teammates as the team’s MVP. His hands and footprints are etched in the Alabama Walk of Fame near Denny Chimes.

Although his collegiate career was plagued by injuries, Goode was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1988. He also spent time with the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins. After his playing days, Kerry coached with the New York Giants and the St. Louis Rams as the Strength and Conditioning Coach. Goode later held the position of Community Relations and Sponsorship Director for the Birmingham Thunderbolts of the XFL.

After being diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in 2015, Kerry and his wife Tanja founded the Goode Foundation which supports ALS patients and their families. This includes providing access to needed diagnostic and treatment services, educational resources, and support services for improved quality of life. Kerry, and the Goode Foundation, is dedicated to education, advocacy, and research. He is a recipient of the Paul Bryant Alumni Athlete Award, Vivian Malone “Crimson Flame” Courage Award, and the University of Alabama Distinguished Alumni Award.

Goode joins an impressive list of others who have been honored as Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Distinguished Alabama Sportsmen. They are: Hall Thompson (1987), Jack Warner (1989), Ray Scott (1990), Dr. James Andrews (1992), Dr. David Bronner (1994), Dr. Wilford Bailey (1995), Tom York (1996), Dr. Larry Lemak (1997), Bill Legg (2001), John Croyle (2002), George Mann (2004), David Housel (2007), Mal Moore (2007), Ronald Bruno (2009), Mickey Newsome (2010), Kennith Blankenship (2014), Charles Kelly (2014), Dr. Gaylon McCollough (2017), and J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner (2019).

The 56th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 4, 2024. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

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