North Santa Rosa

COX- PSA Annual Banquet Award Winners Announced

Alfred Morris, Justin Gatlin, Chelsea Palmer Win Top Awards at COX PSA Annual Awards Banquet New Orleans Saints’ Cameron Jordan, Presenting Speaker on March 7

The Pensacola Sports Association (PSA) will host the COX PSA Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 7 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front at 6:30 p.m. Nearly 30 individuals and teams will be recognized for their performances in their respective sport throughout the 2012 seasons.  Doors open at 5:30 for a reception prior to dinner.


Taking home the top awards of the evening will be Justin Gatlin (Olympic Athlete of the Year), Alfred Morris (Professional Athlete of the Year), and Chelsea Palmer (Amateur Athlete of the Year). Additionally, Trent Richardson will receive a Special Recognition Award.  All four athletes are scheduled to be in attendance to accept their individual awards.


Being inducted into the PSA Hall of Fame are Kevin Saucier (So-Shay), Charlie Hendley, and Adrian Stills.  Suacier, a graduate of Escambia High School, has spent his career playing (pitcher) and scouting talent for Major League Baseball. He also won a World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980.  Hendley was the head golf pro for the Pensacola Country Club for 38 years.  Stills, head golf pro at the City of Pensacola’s Osceola Golf Course, is the last black player to earn his PGA Tour Card at Tour Qualifying School and is a new member of the PGA Tour Black Hall of Fame.  All three PSA Hall of Fame inductees are scheduled to be in attendance.


A complete list of award winners is below.  The only two awards that are unknown to the recipients and will be announced at the banquet are the Sportsman of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.


Hancock Bank is pleased to present this year’s guest speaker, New Orleans Saints starting Defensive End Cameron Jordan.  The Minneapolis, Minn. native played his college career at California before being selected in the first round, 24th overall, of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Saints.


Reservations are required. Tickets are available at the Pensacola Sports Association through March 4. Tickets are $50 for Pensacola Sports Association members and $60 for non-members. Corporate tables are also available. Please call the PSA at 850-434-2800 or e-mail for more information.


Award Winner List (In No Particular Order)

Justin Gatlin                       Olympic Athlete of the Year                        Silver Medal / Bronze Medal in the 2012 Olympics Chelsea Palmer                 Amateur Athlete of the Year                      UWF Women’s Soccer – National Player of the Year                                                                                                                                 NSCAA 1st Team Alfred Morris                     Professional Athlete of the Year               Washington Redskins Running Back Kevin Saucier                     Hall of Fame                                                       MLB Player / Scout / World Series Champion Charlie Hendley                                Hall of Fame                                                       Pensacola Country Club Golf Pro for 38 years Adrian Stills                         Hall of Fame                                                       PGA Black Hall of Fame Brandon Sanford              Special Olympic Athlete of the Year         Weightlifting PSC Girls Basketball         Special Achievement                                      State Champions Zach Price                            Special Achievement                                      West Point Scholar Athlete of the Year Catholic HS Baseball        Special Achievement                                      Class 4A State Champions Addison Russell                                Special Achievement                                      Oakland A’s First Round Draft Pick Blue Wahoos                     Special Achievement                                      Billy Hamilton – Stolen Base Record, Bruce Baldwin –                                                                                                                                 Executive of the Year, Ball Park of the Year, Organization                                                                                                                                 of the Year Damarius Randall             Special Achievement                                      DB Juco All-American at MSA Community College Northview HS Football   Special Achievement                                      Class 1A State Champions Trent Richardson              Special Achievement                                      Cleveland Browns Running Back, Broke the team single                                                                                                                                 season rushing record held by Jim Brown UWF Womens Soccer    Special Achievement                                      NCAA Div. II National Champions, Chelsea Palmer and                                                                                                                                 Sarah Storey – NSCAA First Team, Shelby Bush, Rachel                                                                                                                                 Cutts – Daktronics All-American First Team, Joe                                                                                                                                 Bartlinski – NSCAA Coach of the Year Gulf Coast Texans            Special Achievement                                      Women’s Professional Soccer League Champions Tori Bindi                             Special Achievement                                      Gulf Breeze Swimming – High School All-America Derrick Racine                   Special Achievement                                      ITA National Coach of the Year – NCAA Div. II Tennis Keith Ducros                      Special Achievement                                      ITA Singles First Team and Double First Team – UWF Bruno Savi                           Special Achievement                                      ITA Singles First Team and Double First Team – UWF Darroneshia Lott              Special Achievement                                      Southern Plains College – Cross Country National                                                                                                                                 Champions Austin Droogsma             Special Achievement                                      Gulf Breeze State 3A Station Champion – Discuss/Shot                                                                                                                                 Put, Gold/Silver in AAU Jr. Olympics Johna Whitaker                                Special Achievement                                      Pine Forest – Class 3A State Champion 100 Meter Fredrick Jones                   Special Achievement                                      Pace High – Shot Put State Champion Sam Hazewinkel               Special Achievement                                      2012 Olympic Wrestling Team Chase Campbell                Special Achievement                                      Tate High – Class 2A Boys Weightlifting State Champion                 ?                              Volunteer of the Year                                    Outstanding volunteer efforts with the PSA                 ?                              Sportsman of the Year                                   Individual who contributed to overall sports in the                                                                                                                                 Pensacola area


About the Pensacola Sports Association (PSA) – The PSA is one of the oldest sports associations/commissions in the United States, beginning in 1954.  Today the PSA manages or assists in numerous events a year throughout the Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa county areas.  Events include a high school all-star series, flag football, 5K-15K runs, marathons, triathlons, bicycle races, collegiate national championships, and annual awards and scholarships banquets to name a few.  The PSA is dedicated to building a better community through sports.

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