Events & Awards

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 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.

Click Here to see Conerly Trophies winners past (PDF)


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.


The Kent Hull Trophy

Named for Mississippi State and NFL offensive lineman great Kent Hull, the award goes annually to the most outstanding offensive lineman in Mississippi senior college football. It is chosen by a panel of ex-coaches and NFL players, coaches and scouts.

2013 – Gabe Jackson
2014 – Laremy Tunsil
2015 – Fahn Cooper


The Orley Hood Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism

Named for beloved Mississippi newspaperman Orley Hood, the award goes to the outstanding High School sports journalist in Mississippi. It is chosen by a panel of sports journalists.

2014 – Jack Hall
2015 – Jack Hall
2016 – Grant Murphy


The Rube Award

Named for long-time Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Executive Director, the award is given annually based on one’s lifetime contributions to Mississippi athletics. The winner is selected by the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

2012 – Boo Ferriss
2013 – Ben Puckett
2014 – Archie Manning
2015 – George Bryan
2016 – Gov. William Winter


 The Mike Taylor Trophy

The award goes annually to the overall champion of the Randy Watkins Invitational at Lake Caroline, which is co-sponsored by Randy Watkins Golf and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Mac Elliot sponsors the Randy Watkins Trophy

2014 – Heyden White
2015 – Cole Baggett


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 Annandale Golf Club in late April..  The tournament includes lunch, green fees, tee gift, food and beverages on course and dinner.


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.

Registration will open in April 2017.


Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

A celebration weekend honoring the newest Inductees to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. The weekend includes the Friday night Drawdown of Champions party, a Meet and Greet Saturday morning and on Saturday evening, the inductee banquet. 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 weekend of August.