The 2016-17 year was capped off at the Partners in Sports Annual Spring Reception. Nearly 80 students, alumni, and friends of the program attended the event in the Lauricella Center at Neyland Stadium.
Tennessee head women’s tennis coach Alison Ojeda offered her insights on what it takes to be successful not only as a coach but as a person. Alison emphasized the need for a positive attitude and a willingness put forth extra effort in order to be successful. She also stressed the need for strong support network and to expect greatness from your self.
Ten students were recognized at the event for scholastic achievement, professional accomplishment, and service to the organization. Recipients received a combined $17,000 in scholarships and awards bringing the total to date of nearly $150,000 since the organization’s inception in 1998.
Recipients for the Buck Jones Award for Professional Promise were Amanda Chastain, Jordan Bearden, and Chandler Frumin. The Dr. Joy T. DeSensi Award for Professionalism was presented by Dr. Adam Love to Joey Morstein. Olanda James presented Service Awards to Andrew Porth and Ethan Stanley. Scholarship recipients were Rachel Gunia, Russell Pointer, and Kelsi Schaer. It is worth noting as well that Kelsi’s scholarship was supported by donations from the program’s 2009 and 2010 master’s alumni.
It was a also a day that saw the establishment of the Emile Catignani Award for Active Living. Michelle Woods was the inaugural recipient of the award.
Spring Reception Speakers
2017 – Alison Ojeda, Tennessee Women’s Head Tennis Coach
2016 – Missy Kane, 1984 Olympian, and Tim Mack, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist
2015 – Phillip Fulmer, Member, College Football Hall of Fame
2014 – Butch Jones, Tennessee Head Football Coach
2013 – Antone Davis, Director, Vol for Life Program
2012 – Dr. Buck Jones, Founder, Partners in Sports
2011 – Justin Wilcox, Defensive Coordinator, Tennessee Football
2010 – Nick Reveiz, Tennessee Football
2009 – Jim Chaney, Offensive Coordinator, Tennessee Football
2008 – Steve Early, General Manger, Vol Network
2007 – Dane Bradshaw, Tennessee Basketball
2006 – Bruce Pearl, Head Coach, Tennessee Basketball
2005 – Tamika Catchings, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Lawrence Johnson, 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist, Tim Mack, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist
2003 – Buzz Peterson, Head Coach, Tennessee Basketball
2002 – Phillip Fulmer, Head Coach, Tennessee Football