(WVLT) - This [Thursday] is a special night for ten deserving members of our sports community..
Each will be inducted into the greater Knoxville Sports Hall Of Fame.
Among them, Former UT Head Basketball Coach Don Devoe, who coached his final game at Tennessee 18-years ago.
Coach Devoe ranks second only to Ray Mears in wins
on the hill with 204.
Tonight's banquet took place at the Knoxville Convention Center and it's keynote speaker is former Webb High School standout, Marshall Graduate, and current New York Jets Quarterback, Chad Pennington.
Pennington is one of the NFL's brightest stars. As a Marshall Senior, he led the thundering herd to a perfecdt 13-0 season in 2000 and was a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship.
That same year, he was drafted by the Jets in the first-round. After making only three appearances during his first two seasons, Chad emerged as teh Jets' starting quarterback in 2002 and currently owns the highest career passing rating and highest completion percentage in Jets history.
Placed on injured reserve in 2005, Pennington returned to be named Comeback Player of the Year in 2006 after overcoming two rotator cuff surgeries.
Chad and his wife Robin and their two youngs sons, Cole & Luke created the 1st and 10 Foundation in 2003 with the mission to build stronger communities by funding programs and initiatives that seek to improve the quality of life through-out West Virginia, Tennessee, and the New York Metropolitan area.
Among the programs that the Foundation sponsors are the Sahre Our soles, which provides sneakers and backpacks for children.
Also, the Bobby Hampton Race for a Cure, which has raised over $10,000 for cancer related charities and the annual Celebrity Bowl, which raised over $160,000 for the Foundation in 2006.
Other Local Inductees To The Sports Hall Of Fame:
Barbara Bordinger For Golf
Dick Campbell Coach
Anthony Hancock Football
Phil Hatcher Official
Don Labelle Hockey
Jimmy O'Brien Baseball
Fuad Reveiz Football
Neal Ridley Baseball
Chri Woodruff Tennis
Jenae Anderson, Female High School Athlete Of The Year
Angela Puleo, Female High School Athlete Of The Year
Anthony Anderson, Male High School Athlete Of The Year
Tyler Maples, Male High School Athlete Of The Year
Dennis Rogan, Male High School Athlete Of The Year
Coach Pat Summitt, Special Recognition
Monica Abbott, Thanks For The Lady Vols Softball Memories
The Greater Knoxville Sports Hall Of Fame Banquet Held At The Knoxville Convention Center Benefits The Boys And Girls Club Of East Tennessee.