Miramar Beach, Fla. – It most certainly was a night to remember. Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.The night that the Wuerffel Trophy Official Welcome Reception and Dinner was held and by all accounts was deemed an instant success.
The evening's theme, "Not About Us," was in play as the night's intent was a celebration of, and an appreciation to, the people who help make the award possible, most notably the past recipients and supporters.
And certainly not to forget the welcoming of 2017 recipient Courtney Love, his family
and the University of Kentucky contingent which included Susan Lax and Tony Neely from Sports Information, Associate Athletic Director Marc Hill along with spouses Terri Neely and Jenny Hill.
Appropriately, the night was opened in prayer by first ever recipient Rudy Niswanger (LSU – 2005) and later closed by Joel Penton (Ohio State – 2006), and included an emotional moment with Paul Smith (2007 – Tulsa) who discussed celebrating his 10 year anniversary.
A light hearted “walk through” of the jacket ceremony followed where Ty Darlington (Oklahoma - 2015) assisted Trevor Knight (Texas A&M – 2016) with his blue sport coat, signifying his Associate Membership into the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach.
Also, Herff Jones representatives Sarah McDonald and Brian Wier presented Barrett Jones (Alabama – 2011) and Deterrian Shackelford (Ole Miss – 2013) with their custom commemorative rings.
The program culminated with the introduction of Courtney Love to a standing ovation and a surprise presentation by the Wuerffel Trophy, a donation to Amachi Central Kentucky, the mentoring organization and program that Love holds dear to his heart.
The night indeed was “Not About Us” but a tribute to everyone that has played a part in the last 13 years.