September 12 and 14 events
Educational Leadership Hall of Fame to induct 2 new members on Sept. 12
SEPT. 12: MONTGOMERY—Larry Newton and Ed Richardson will be inducted into the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame in a ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Old Archives Room of the Alabama State Capitol.
Scheduled to speak at the ceremony are the inductees; Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University; Dr. Lance Tatum, Dean of the College of Education at Troy University, who will make brief welcoming remarks and serve as master of ceremonies; Dr. James Kimbrough, former Dean of the College of Education at Troy University, who will deliver the invocation; Dr. Faron Hollinger, Superintendent for Baldwin County Schools, who will present Dr. Newton for induction, and Dr. Joe Morton, Superintendent of Education, who will present Dr. Richardson for induction.
News media covering the event are asked to be in place no later than 9:50 a.m. The ceremony is expected to last from 30 to 45 minutes. A reception to honor the inductees will be held following the ceremony.
Sound of the South members to receive special medallions
SEPT. 14: TROY—Freshmen members of the Sound of the South Marching Band will receive their Sound of the South medallions at 3:30 p.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater during a special ceremony. The pewter medallions are worn as part of the band’s uniforms. Members who march for four years are presented the medallions as an honorary gift. Chancellor Hawkins will make the presentations.
“Radio Kennedy” and “Coach” Harold Jones at Troy
SEPT. 14: TROY—James “Radio” Kennedy will lead the Trojans onto the field at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium on Friday against Oklahoma State and will be conducting a books signing from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the Troy Campus.
Jones and Kennedy will be available for brief media interviews during this time. If your organization would like to interview Coach Jones or Radio, please contact the University Relations Office at 334-670-3196 by Thursday at noon, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jones, former football coach at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, SC, befriended Kennedy, a developmentally challenged youth who was often seen pushing a shopping cart through the streets of the town. Kennedy, who earned his nickname “Radio” because of his vintage radio collection and his love for music, was assumed to be mute and was often the target of scorn by other young people.
Jones enlisted Kennedy to assist the coaching staff and players during practices and games and allowed him to sit in on classes at school. Kennedy soon became a fixture around the high school and its athletic programs and today remains an honorary coach for the T.L. Hanna football team.
Jones and Kennedy will be autographing the book “Beyond the Game: The Collected Sportswriting of Gary Smith,” in which the renowned Sports Illustrated feature writer profiled the duo in an article “Someone to Lean On.” The 1996 article eventually led to a retelling of the story through the movie starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Ed Harris. Proceeds from books sold will go to the Outdoor Dream Foundation, which was started in 2004 to help young people 21 years of age and younger with life-threatening illnesses realize their dreams of hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.