March 15, 2017
New World Landing (600 South Palafox St.)
Reception @ 5:30 p.m. / Program @ 6:30 p.m.
Member Price – $65 / Non-Member Price – $75
The Pensacola Sports Annual Awards Banquet Presented by Cox, is one of Pensacola Sports’ most high-profile events in the community. Each year we honor the finest athletes our area has to offer. Be a part of this memorable event as we celebrate a worthy slate of 2016 Special Achievement winners, the Amateur and Professional Athletes of the Year, the new class of Hall of Fame Inductees, Volunteer of the Year and the Pensacola Sportsman of the Year.
Jacques Dominique Wilkins is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Atlanta Hawks for more than 10 seasons, averaging 30.3 points per game in 1985-86 to lead the NBA. Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star, as well as the winner of two NBA slam dunk contests, and is widely viewed as one of the best dunkers in NBA history, earning the nickname The Human Highlight Film. In 2006, Wilkins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Wilkins was born in Paris, France while his father was stationed there as an airman in the U.S. Air Force. Wilkins’ family then moved to Dallas and Baltimore before settling in Washington, North Carolina, where he attended Washington High School. He was the back-to-back MVP for the team’s consecutive Class 3-A State Championships (1978–1979). Wilkins was in the “Faces in the Crowd” section of Sports Illustrated while in high school for a performance in a game vs. a higher classification school in which he scored 48 points, had 27 rebounds, 9 dunks, and 8 blocks. Wilkins then starred in the McDonald’s All-American Game, The Capital Classic, The Kentucky Derby Festival Classic, and The Dapper Dan Classic All-Star Games. He had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the McDonald’s, 26 points in the Capital, and 22 points in the Derby Classic. He entered the University of Georgia in 1979 with an established reputation as an exciting player. Wilkins averaged 21.6 points a game over his career and was named SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in 1981. He left college after his junior year and was selected third overall by the Utah Jazz in the 1982 NBA draft.
Wilkins, in addition to his eleven seasons with the Hawks, had short stints with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Boston Celtics, Panathinaikos Athens ( with whom he won his first titles, the FIBA European League and the Greek Cup), Fortitudo Bologna, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Orlando Magic before he retired in 1999.
2016 Professional Athlete of the Year
2016 Amateur Athlete of the Year
James Currie Volunteer of the Year
James Currie is a long-term friend, volunteer and former employee of Pensacola Sports, or as he knew it, Pensacola Sports Association. James retired in December after spending the past four decades dedicating himself to the organization.
Winner: Evan Malone
This award is given to individuals or organizations in the Pensacola Area that have made significant achievements/contributions in sports. State and National championships at the highest level attainable for the sports should be considered.
Congratulations to the 2016 Awardees:
To Be Announced
The recipient of this award is a Special Olympian whose achievements are extraordinary and who best exemplify the spirit of Special Olympics.
Congratulations to our 2016 Awardee:
This award is given to an individual for outstanding accomplishments in athletics during the past year as a professional. This award may be given to multiple winners for one female and one male, or two joint winners if such accomplishments justify.
Congratulations to our 2016 Awardee:
This award is given to an individual for outstanding accomplishment in athletics during the past year as a professional. This award may be given to multiple winners for one female and one male, or two joint winners if such accomplishments justify.
Congratulations to our 2016 Awardees:
Jordan Leggett and Emily Madril
Candidates should be selected for outstanding contributions to the Pensacola are in the following categories:
~Improvements to Pensacola Sports events and/or work
~Superior career achievements in athletics
~Meritorious service to a particular event, but not necessarily limited to a particular one
~Other noteworthy accomplishments in the field of sports worth of this distinction
Not presented for one year accomplishments
Congratulations to our 2016 Class:
Chad Quenneville, Ricahrd LeBounty, and Charlie Warner
Awarded to an individual who has shown exceptional commitment in assisting with sporting events in the community (Pensacola Sports events are the preferred criteria, but others may be considered.)
The sportsman of the year is presented for contributing to the advancement of sports in the greater Pensacola Area, or achievement of an outstanding athletic accomplishment.