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Spring Reception

The 2017-18 year was capped off at the Partners in Sports Annual Spring Reception. Nearly 70 students, alumni, and friends of the program attended the event in the Lauricella Center at Neyland Stadium.

Tennessee athletic director emeritus Joan Cronan headlined the event and shared her insights on what it takes to be successful professionally but also personally. She 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. Joan also reminded everyone how important is to be of service to others and to always be supportive of those around you.

Fifteen students were recognized at the event for scholastic achievement, professional accomplishment, and service to the organization. Recipients received a combined $20,000 in scholarships and awards bringing the total to date of  nearly $170,000 since the organization’s inception in 1998.

Recipients for the Buck Jones Award for Professional Promise were Sydney Bunyan and Ryan Martineau. The Dr. Joy T. DeSensi Award for Professionalism was presented by Dr. Adam Love to Nathan Diambra and Erin Hendricks. Will Crockett presented Service Awards to Emilee Howard, Macy Tilton, and Aerial Williams. Scholarship recipients were Andrew Porth, Rachel Gunia, Sara Sturzo, Caleb Wilson, Kenny Miller, Erin Holland, an Josh Lively. Scott Cousino was the recipient of the Emile Catignani Award fro Active Living.

Spring Reception Speakers
2018 – Joan Cronan, Athletic Director Emeritus, Tennessee Athletics
2017 – Alison Ojeda, Head Coach, Tennessee Women’s Tennis
2016 – Missy Kane, 1984 Olympian, and Tim Mack, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist
2015 – Phillip Fulmer, Member, College Football Hall of Fame
2014 – Butch Jones, Head Coach, Tennessee Football
2013 – Antone Davis, Director, Vol for Life Program
2012 – Dr. Buck Jones, Founder, Partners in Sports
2011 – Justin Wilcox, Defensive Coordinator, Tennessee Football
2010 – Mike Keith, Director of Broadcasting, Tennessee Titans
2009 – Jim Chaney, Offensive Coordinator, Tennessee Football
2008 – Steve Early, General Manger, Vol Network
2007 – Dane Bradshaw, Team Captain, Tennessee Basketball
2006 – Bruce Pearl, Head Coach, Tennessee Basketball
2005 – Tamika Catchings, Lawrence Johnson, and Tim Mack, Olympic Medalists
2004 – Tyler Johnson, Business Operations, Tennessee Athletics
2003 – Buzz Peterson, Head Coach, Tennessee Basketball
2002 – Phillip Fulmer, Head Coach, Tennessee Football

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