Old Dunbar v. Old Douglass.  Jack v. James.  Station v. Clay.  Tyson v. The World!

The Lexington African-American Sports Hall of Fame, Inc. (LAASHOF), is pleased to announce its inaugural Induction Class of 2022. LAASHOF has selected 20 local sports icons and two historic teams who will be revealed at our LAASHOF media briefing at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at Central Bank Center.  Local media agencies are invited to attend the briefing.

Our inductees will be honored at a black-tie induction ceremony and gala slated for September 24, 2022, at Central Bank Center.  Two of our city’s favorite sons, UK greats Jack Givens and James Lee, will emcee the ceremony.  

Inductees were nominated by the public and by our organization’s founding members.  Our Selection Committee narrowed a field of  more than 200 nominees to the 20 individual inductees and two segregated-era teams of this inaugural class.  The four categories for induction are athlete, coach, official/referee, and contributor.  The inductees will be jacketed and honored at our red-carpet gala, which features a first-class dining experience, cocktail hour, live entertainment, and after-dinner dancing, giving attendees an opportunity to socialize and reminisce about sports feats from their glory days.  Also, Dr. Gerald Smith, a nationally known University of Kentucky history professor, will give a keynote address on the contributions of African-Americans to Lexington’s rich sports culture, dating back to the segregated and early post-segregated eras. 

Formed to honor Lexington’s oft-forgotten homegrown sports heroes, LAASHOF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation comprised of a group of like-minded individuals who believe our local African-American sports stars deserve to be commemorated in a special way. We are striving to uplift, unite, and reinvigorate our African-American community by shining the spotlight on our sports stars from days gone by. 

Pronounced “lay-shoff,” the hall of fame has a threefold mission:

  • to plan and host an annual sports hall of fame awards induction ceremony/gala, with the inaugural ceremony slated for September 24, 2022, at the new Central Bank Center Ballroom,
  • to provide supplemental scholarships to local student-athletes who receive partial sports scholarships to a college or university and could use additional financial assistance to pursue their academic and athletic goals, and
  • to secure a site for a permanent hall of fame museum to house LAASHOF inductee awards and to display and preserve local African-American sports memorabilia.

Please visit our website, www.laashof.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@officiallaashof) and on Twitter and LinkedIn (@laashofinc). We are also seeking photos and videos of our homegrown sports heroes in action so we can share and preserve the contributions African-Americans have made to Lexington sports.

For more information, contact Constance Jones at 859-433-9499 or info@laashof.com