Kim Valek C’87 to be Inducted into Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

Kim Valek C’87 to be Inducted into Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

TSHF Release

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame has announced that former Sewanee student-athlete and Sewanee Athletics Hall of Famer, Kim Valek C'87, will be inducted this weekend as one of the members of the Class of 2019 of the 53rd induction class of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

Valek is one of nine members across the State of Tennessee that will be inducted as a part of the Class of 2019 on Saturday, June 15 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville. She is the 10th inductee from The University of the South into the Hall, and she is the first female student-athlete for Sewanee.

She attended Sewanee from 1984-87 and played on the women's basketball team under head coach Nancy Ladd. During her career with the Tigers, Valek finished with 1,777 points and 1,083 rebounds, both Sewanee school records. 

During her senior campaign, she recorded 326 rebounds, including 27 in a contest against Rhodes. Both statistics are also school records.

Inducted into the inaugural class of the Sewanee Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004, Valek was Sewanee's first female All-American, as she was named a First Team All-American three times in her career. She was also named a four-time All-Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) player.

Earning a degree in Natural Resources, the Athletic Department dedicated the new scorer's table in Juhan Gymnasium as the Kim Valek Scorer's Table on Feb. 11, 2018.

Originally from Brentwood, Valek graduated from Brentwood Academy in 1983, where she was a letterwinner in basketball and softball. She earned All-State, All-Midstate and All-County her senior year.

Passing away in February 2017, Valek will be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Click the link above for more information about the Class of 2019 inductees and for ticket information to the event. 

Established in 1966, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame honors figures from every sport including basketball, baseball, football, golf, soccer and track & field, along with coaches, teams, sportswriters and others who made an impact.

During the induction ceremony, the TSHF presented the video presentation prior to her brother accepting the award on her behalf. 

Inductees from The University of the South inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
2016 | 1899 Sewanee Football Team
2016 | King Oehmig - Head Golf Coach at Sewanee from 2011-13
2002 | Kyle Rote, Jr. - Men's Soccer Student-Athlete from 1969-71
1993 | Horace Moore - Head Football Coach at Sewanee from 1978-86
1983 | George Barker - Football, Baseball, Men's Basketball, Golf from 1922-26
1973 | Lon Varnell - Head Men's Basketball Coach at Sewanee from 1949-70
1966 | Bishop Frank A. Juhan - Football, Baseball, Track, Boxing from 1908-10
1966 | Majors Family; Elizabeth, Larry, Shirley - Football
1966 | Bernie Moore - Assistant Football Coach, Track Coach from 1924-25

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