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Tickets remain for 61st annual South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet

The banquet is May 15th at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. To secure tickets, please refer to


Contact: Tony Ciuffo (843) 819-1139

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 14, 2023) – Tickets remain for the 61st annual South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet.

The event, which sells out annually, will be held on Monday, May 15, at the Columbia Convention Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. To secure tickets, please refer to

It is the largest annual celebration of Palmetto State sports stars under one roof. The traditional introduction of past inductees, the “Walk of Legends”, is one of the event’s highlights. The affair includes a reception and dinner.

Being enshrined this year with the Class of 2023 are soccer coach Mark Berson, wide receiver Robert Brooks and Olympian Dawn Ellerbe from the University of South Carolina; Clemson golf coach Larry Penley and quarterback Woody Dantzler; NBA All-Star Jermaine O’Neal, Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton and Negro League standout Charles “Chino” Smith of Darlington County. Smith will be enshrined posthumously.

Being recognized with the Willie Jeffries Ambassador for Sports Award is the band Hootie & the Blowfish while longtime media relations professional Charlie Dayton will be honored with the Bobby Richardson Sportsmanship Award. Tennis historian Rex Maynard will receive the Doc Blanchard Citizen for Sports Award while veteran scribe Willie T. Smith, III will be honored with the Herman Helms Excellence in Media Award. Doug Bridges will be recognized with the Dom Fusci Leadership in Action Award.

The organization will also honor the North Greenville University baseball team for capturing the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2022, USC coach Dawn Staley for being named the Naismith Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year, and Lander wrestling coach R.C. LaHaye for being named The Mat NCAA Division II Coach of the Year.


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