November 17 Enshrinement will be first ever in South Florida

Super Bowl champion coach, NBC analyst and national spokesperson for the fatherhood initiative All-Pro Dad, Tony Dungy joins eight south Florida sports celebrities who make up the 2015 class of inductees to the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

The nine distinguished honorees will be officially inducted at the 2015 Florida Sports Hall of Fame Enshrinement, presented by Ultimate Software, on Nov. 17 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. This will mark the first time the 54-year-organization will hold its annual enshrinement in south Florida.

Former Miami Dolphin favorite Zach Thomas, Florida Panther star John Vanbiesbrouck and Miami Marlin great Jeff Conine also headline this year’s class along with a University of Miami trio including football star Bennie Blades, longtime UM diving coach Randy Ableman and the late voice of the Hurricanes Sonny Hirsch.

The first American-born world Jai Alai champion Joey Cornblit and Bowling Hall of Famer Paula Carter round out the class.

“This will certainly go down as one of the strongest Hall of Fame classes we’ve been fortunate to welcome,” said Barry Smith, President of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. “These folks have accomplished so many great things not only in sports, but in life and this group means so much to the people of south Florida. We are delighted to bring our enshrinement activities to this part of the state for the first time.”

Among the enshrinement activities will be a special recognition of the 2015 Hall of Fame class by the Florida Panthers at their Nov. 16 game vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning at BB&T Center. The Official Enshrinement Ceremony, Presented by Ultimate Software, begins at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 17. For information on tickets and partnerships visit the Florida Sports Hall of Fame web site at www.flasportshof.org

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