The Bluegrass Sports Awards were created last year to honor achievement in Kentucky sports and celebrate the state's sports heritage.
The second edition of the awards banquet held Thursday night at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa did not disappoint in that regard.
Former University of Kentucky basketball standout Anthony Davis was named the Herald-Leader's 2012 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year. Davis, whose New Orleans Hornets are in the middle of a West Coast road trip, was not present Thursday night but accepted the award in a video shown at the banquet which can also be viewed on Kentucky.com.
Additionally, the sponsoring Bluegrass Sports Commission presented four awards highlighting the achievements of sports figures who have made a difference in the lives of Kentuckians.
Lexington native and NBC broadcaster Tom Hammond presented a pair of awards bearing his name.
The Tom Hammond Lifetime Achievement Award went to longtime TV and radio broadcaster Dick Enberg, known nationwide for his signature call of "Oh, my!" after any big play.
The Tom Hammond Kentucky Sports Media Award was presented to sportswriter Larry Vaught of the Danville Advocate-Messenger.
Recent National College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Jim Host also presented a pair of awards in his name.
Ted Bassett, former president and chairman of the board of Keeneland, received the Jim Host Business Award. The Jim Host Youth Sports Award honored the late Louis Stout, the former commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
Proceeds from the evening, which also included a silent auction, benefit the Bluegrass Sports Commission and its efforts to expand the economic impact sports tourism has on Central Kentucky.