Jonesboro native and 1978 JHHS graduate, Doug Ireland, will be member of the Class of 2021 to inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (LSHOF)during festivities held in Natchitoches, LA on August 26th-28th. Ireland was selected as a winner of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism after a distinguished career as a multiple award winning Sports Journalist, Sports Information Director at Northwestern State University (NSU) and Chairman of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
The 2021 class of also includes:
Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints star receiver, Major League Baseball All-Star Rickie Weeks from Southern Rickie Weeks – Major League Baseball All-Star Rickie Weeks from Southern University, and three of LSU’s greatest Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf – LSU and NBA basketball player formerly known as Chris Jackson
Glenn Dorsey – LSU and NFL football great
Pat Henry – national-champion track coach at LSU
Villis “Bo” Dowden – 1980 Bassmaster Classic champion
Courtney Blades Rogers – college softball pitching great at Nicholls State and Southern Mississippi
Terry McAulay – 20-year NFL official who refereed three Super Bowls. Now the NBC Sports officiating analyst for Sunday Night Football and Notre Dame football, McAuley is the 2021 winner of the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award.
Ro Brown – New Orleans television sports anchor and LSWA’s Distinguished Service Award winner
Sheldon Mickles – Baton Rouge Advocate sportswriter and LSWA’s Distinguished Service Award winner
The 2021 Induction Celebration will kick off Thursday, Aug. 26 with a press conference carried live on Cox Sports Television, followed by a free to the public reception at 5:00pm at the Hall of Fame museum, located on Front Street in Natchitoches. The three-day festivities include two receptions, a free youth clinic, a bowling party, and a free Friday night riverbank concert in Natchitoches. The full schedule of events and purchases for ticketed events culminating with the Induction Ceremony are available through the LaSportsHall.com website or by calling 318-238-4255.
The Induction Celebration will be hosted by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, the support organization for the Hall of Fame. The LSHOF Foundation was established as a 501 c 3 non-profit entity in 1975 and is governed by a statewide board of directors. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Foundation President/CEO Ronnie Rantz at 225-802-6040 or RonnieRantz@LaSportsHall.com. Standard and customized sponsorships are available.
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