Mar 07, 2015

Annual Hometown Champions Night A Success


COOKEVILLE – The Cookeville-Putnam County Sports Council has inked a deal with Inky Johnson to ensure their annual Hometown Champions Night is another great success.


Hometown Champions night, which was launched last year, is an event hosted by the sports council, a program of the Chamber’s Convention & Visitors Bureau division, that aims to honor and recognize local hometown champions who excelled in athletics, while also drawing awareness to the year-round efforts of the council to recruit new sports events and grow current ones.


Inquoris “Inky” Johnson has been named the keynote speaker for the event, while the Voice of the Vols, Bob Kesling, will reprise his role as emcee for the night. Johnson, a former University of Tennessee defensive back, faced life-threatening injuries when a routine tackle turned bad. He now serves as a motivational speaker, spending most of his time mentoring athletes and underprivileged youth.


2015 Sports Council Chair Matt Swallows is excited to have a speaker of this caliber to make the event even more memorable.


“We know Inky’s story will be one that will resonate with all attendees on a significant level. His story is one that inspires from more than just an athletic perspective, but in how one lives everyday life,” said Swallows.


After receiving positive fan feedback from attendees at last year’s champions’ night, the feel of the event will again be a casual “take me out to the ballgame” and tailgating-style atmosphere. Attendees will be encouraged to wear their favorite team colors or jerseys.


The event production will be lead once again by local community leaders serving on the sports council. Cityscape’s Laura Wolf and the Herald-Citizen’s Buddy Pearson are returning as co-chairs of the event planning committee.


Pearson will lead a team of local sports fanatics and experts in and on the field in nominating and selecting perspective awards winners, while Wolf will manage sponsorship opportunities and event atmosphere.


Awards being presented at the event include: The Eddie Watson Coach of the Year, Jim Ragland Male Athlete of the Year, Catherine Brown Female Athlete of the Year, Bobby Nichols Sportsmanship, Bobby Greenwood Professional Athlete of the Year, the fan-voted Primetime, Volunteer of the Year, Hoke White Super Fan, and Lifetime Achievement.


Tickets to attend this special event are $50 per person or 2/$90 or $350 for a table of eight. Seating is limited. To purchase tickets or tables, please call 931-526-2211 or email


A select number of sponsorship and VIP opportunities are currently available. For sponsorship information, please contact Laura Wolf at 931-267-1972 or


The official mission of the Cookeville-Putnam County Sports Council is to strategically solicit, create and support amateur sporting events to positively impact the economy and quality of life in Cookeville, Putnam County and the region, and to establish our area as a major sporting event destination.


The Cookeville-Putnam County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a division of the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and works to develop and implement ideas and strategies that will increase tourism in and enhance the image of Cookeville, Putnam County and the region.


For more information on the Sports Council, contact the Cookeville-Putnam County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 931-526-2211.


For more information on Inky Johnson, go to A book signing and meet & greet will take place after the program.