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Pensacola Sports Honors Local Athletes

Pensacola Sports, the organization whose mission is to impact the quality of life, individual health, and economic well-being of our community, is hosting its Annual Awards Banquet to honor Pensacola athletes and their achievements. For 70 years, Pensacola Sports has honored athletes like Bubba Watson, Derrick Brooks, Don Sutton, Jerry Pate, Pete Shinnick, Josh Sitton, Fred Robbins, Dan Shugart, and Travis Fryman.


This year’s award categories include Special Achievement winners, the Amateur and Professional Athletes of the Year, the new class of Hall of Fame Inductees, Volunteer of the Year, and the Pensacola Sportsman of the Year. The banquet will be held at Brownsville Community Center. Tickets are still available.

2024 Special Achievement Winners
Trent Jeffcoat
Dalton Neuschwander
Elias Haavisto
Stefanie Markwardt
John McMullen
Olivia Nelson
Adriana Mieses-Sanchez
Daniela Reyes
Tony Capano
Pace Girls Weightlifting Team
Logan Robinson
Ian Malone
Max Little
Coulson Voeltz
Larry Tilley
Golden Elite Track & Field Club
Drew Beroset
Ariyanna Williams
Kayden Engel
Therron Percival
Kevin Randel
Gulf Breeze High School Girls Soccer Team
Pensacola Christian Academy Cross Country
Paige Pierce
Madison Walker
Connor Laughlin
Izek Keodouangdy
Sophia Nguyen
Kiara Vega
Patiricia Gandolfo
Mark Yepishin
Paige Phillips

2024 Amateur Athlete of the Year
Georgia Hood

2024 Sportsman of the year
To be announced

2024 Professional Athlete of the Year
Devon Witherspoon

Hall Of Fame Inductees
Paul Chestnutt
Matthew Chestnutt
Deric Ladnier

Excellence in Sports Tourism
Pensacola Futbol Club

Special Olympic Athlete of the Year
Carl Stallworth

Pensacola Sports Volunteer of the Year
To be announced

Tickets to the event can be purchased here.


About Pensacola Sports – Pensacola Sports is one of the oldest sports associations/commissions in the United States, beginning in 1955. Today, Pensacola Sports manages or assists in numerous events a year throughout the Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa County areas, and is the lead sports tourism agency for Escambia County.  Events include a high school all-star series, 5K-15K runs, half marathon, fishing tournament, soccer and softball tournaments, collegiate conference and national championships, and annual awards and scholarships banquets to name a few. Pensacola Sports is dedicated to building a better community through sports. Be Moved!


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