Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Women in Sports Day
Sports teams and school groups are run through flexibility, endurance, strength, cardio and body mass index stations emphasizing the importance of staying active and maintaining a healthy diet.
The C Spire Outstanding Player Series
C Spire Wireless is the sponsor of the three college awards listed below. All awards banquets/luncheons are open to the public. The Museum does not have a vote in any of the events. Media (football and basketball) or major league scouts and college coaches (baseball) select the winners. All athletes enrolled in Mississippi’s four-year schools are eligible.
The C Spire Conerly Trophy
Named in honor of the late Charlie Conerly, former Ole Miss and New York Giants quarterback. Conerly, a Clarksdale native, was an All-American at Ole Miss and a Pro Bowl standout for the Giants who led New York to three NFL Championship games and one NFL Championship.
The award presentation is scheduled for the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
The C Spire Howell/ Gillom Trophy
Presented to the state’s top men’s and women’s college basketball players, is named in honor of our Mississippi Sports Hall of Famers Bailey Howell and Peggie Gillom. Howell was an outstanding player at Mississippi State and in the NBA. He is a member of the Naismith (International) Basketball Hall of Fame. Gillom was an All-American at Ole Miss, played professionally and has coached in both college basketball, in the WNBA and in the Olympics. The Howell/Gillom awards presentations are in early March.
The C Spire Ferriss Trophy
Presented to the top college baseball player, is named in honor of Boo Ferriss, the former Mississippi State great and Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer and long-time Delta State University coach. The award presentation is held in mid-May.
First Commercial/Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Tournament
The event teams five golfers with a Hall of Famer or former professional athlete at Reunion Golf and Country Club in late April.. The tournament includes lunch, green fees, tee gift, food and beverages on course and dinner.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi PopStar Awards
The only gathering of the year in the state of Mississippi’s best high school athletes in all sanctioned sports from both the public and private schools. The top three athletes in each sport are honored. It is held in honor of Pop Allen, long-time athletic director of Jackson Public Schools. The event is held in mid-May.
Farm Bureau Insurance Watermelon Classic – July 4
The largest 5K Run/Walk in the state is held annually on Independence Day unless July 4 falls on a Sunday. Over 165 awards are presented along with ice cold watermelon and beverages. A One Mile Run for all ages and a Tot Trot for ages 3 & under all create a great holiday tradition.
BancorpSouth/Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Weekend
A celebration weekend honoring the newest Inductees to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. The weekend includes the Friday night inductee banquet, a Meet and Greet Saturday morning and the Drawdown of Champions party on Saturday night. The Drawdown offers a chance to win $5,000 and bid on silent and live auction items. Over 17 restaurants participate. The event is usually held the last weekend of July or the first week-end of August.