Andy Kennedy To Be Honored In Hometown

Oct. 5, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Miss. - Ole Miss men's hoops coach Andy Kennedy will be honored in his hometown of Louisville on Friday as one of three current Southeastern Conference head basketball coaches that hail from the small Magnolia State town.

The Louisville, MS Hoopla will be held on Friday at Lake Tiak O'Khata Resort in Louisville.

During the 2010 regular session of the Mississippi Legislature, a concurrent resolution was passed recognizing this special distinction and the city's three outstanding coaches. Van Chancellor, currently serving as head coach of the LSU Lady Tigers, and Matthew Mitchell, currently serving as head coach of the Kentucky Lady Wildcats, join Kennedy as SEC coaches born and raised in the small, east-central Mississippi town of 7,000.

At the luncheon event, they each will be presented copies of the resolution and will greet their many friends, relatives and other well-wishers for a homecoming "hoopla." Lt. Governor Phil Bryant will be the keynote speaker.

"We're expecting a sellout crowd," said Senator Giles Ward, who introduced the special legislation honoring the town and the coaches and is coordinating the day's activities. "Louisville has many outstanding individuals who have contributed to the betterment of our country in so many ways and in so many areas. The fact that all of these men were a part of our community, played their first basketball on our courts and went on to bring such great recognition to their hometown and the State of Mississippi, as well as to their families and their schools, is a source of great pride for all of us. We think these guys who've made and coached more than their fair share of `hoops' in their careers are truly deserving of this `hoopla.'"

Tickets for the noon luncheon celebration can be obtained through the Louisville/Winston County Economic Partnership (662-773-3921) and are $12 each. Limited seating is available.

 

 

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