NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB) - The first two days of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame ceremonies include many community events and public meet-and-greets.
Tonight, the 2019 inductee class will finally be officially enshrined in the halls of the Natchitoches museum, capping off a whirl-wind 72 hours.
"The jitters on gone, now it's just about being here with my family and friends," says Marie Gagnard, the 2019 Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award recipient. "I couldn't be more humbled but also proud."
For T. "Berry" Porter, there was a noticeable amount of skepticism when he initially received the call that he would be the first rodeo cowboy inducted.
"When they called me and said they were going to induct me, I didn't figure I could keep up with them ball players," the Leesville native said. "But I'm honored to be the first rodeo cowboy inducted."
Charles Smith's path to Natchitoches has taken him on the cusp of owning the LHSAA Basketball win record, and the celebration of his career is one he can't help but enjoy.
"To be here with my father, its a blessing. I've had a great two days and to cap it off tonight with some of the state's best, it's just been an outstanding event for me."
Phillip Timothy, a long time sports reporter for The Town Talk among many other print journalism outlets, was also honored. Timothy received the Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism, along with long time Louisiana Tech play-by-play man Dave Nitz.
The full class of 2019 inductees included NFL great Peyton Manning, former LSU football coach Les Miles, long-time Southern baseball coach Roger Cador, CFL legend Matt Dunigan, LSU football great Max Fugler,and Olympic volleyball player Danielle Scott.