Todd Helton headlines GKSHOF ceremony

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Former Volunteers' first baseman and quarterback Todd Helton was the guest speaker Thursday at the 33rd Annual Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony.

The event, put on annually by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, honors the Knoxville area's finest athletes.

In addition to his duties as guest speaker, Helton, who attended Central High School before playing football and baseball at UT, also received the "Thanks for the Memories Award."

The 2014 Hall of Fame class included former Lady Volunteer, and current South Carolina women's basketball assistant coach, Nikki McCray. McCray was an all SEC selection in 1994 and 1995 and scored 1,572 points while helping the Lady Vols to three SEC regular season titles.

McCray played on the US Women's Olympic gold medal teams in 1996 and 2000. She was also a three time all-star during her eight year WNBA Career.

Other inductees for this year's class are David Douglas, John Bruhin, Wade Houston, Jenna Johnson, Jimmy Pitkanen, Joel Helton, Atlee Hammaker, Peter Oppegard, and Jerry Wrinkle.

Peyton Manning was unable to attend due to the beginning of NFL training camp, but was honored as the "Chad Pennington Professional Athlete of the Year."

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