Grant Williams to speak at sports banquet

Jay FitzOur Town Leaders

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley will continue its tradition of honoring the area’s finest athletes at the 42nd annual Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony presented by First Horizon on Thursday, August 31, 5-9 p.m. at the Knoxville Convention Center.

The event features Grant Williams, a two-time back-to-back SEC Player of the Year and vice president of the National Basketball Players Association. He is recognized by University of Tennessee fans as one of the best players in their history, and has been called “a true student of life and basketball” by the Boston Globe. Master of ceremonies Bob Kesling will make welcoming remarks before dinner.

Look at Williams’ contributions to Vol basketball:

2016-17: Coach Rick Barnes’ second season; freshman forward Grant Williams earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors after leading the Vols in rebounding and tying the school record with 61 blocks.

2017-18: The Vols finished 26-9; won the regular-season SEC Championship; Barnes was SEC Coach of the Year; sophomore Grant Williams was SEC Player of the Year.

2018-19: Tennessee finished 31-6; Rick Barnes was National Coach of the Year; junior Grant Williams was the leading scorer, earning SEC Player of the Year for a second time and was consensus first-team All-American.

Williams graduated in three years with a degree in business and entered the 2019 NBA draft.  He was chosen No. 22 by the Boston Celtics. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in July 2023.

Limited seating available. Purchase tickets for $200 each or a table for $2,000. All ticket and auction proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, which serves more than 7,200 youth and teens at 22 clubs in Knox, Blount, Loudon, Claiborne and Anderson counties.

After fellowship from 5-6 p.m. The ballroom doors will open at 6 with the program starting at 6:30 and dinner at 7.

Info: Bridget Jones at 865-232-1172.


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