The fourth Bluegrass Sports Awards banquet delivered on its promise to honor achievement in Kentucky sports and celebrate the state's sports heritage.
Award winners from a broad spectrum were honored in the Lexington Center's Bluegrass Ballroom on Wednesday night during the annual event presented by Alltech.
Former University of Kentucky baseball All-American AJ Reed was named the Herald-Leader's 2014 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year at the conclusion of the evening. Reed became the first baseball player to claim the award since Brandon Webb in 2006.
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.
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Two awards were presented that were named for Lexington native and NBC broadcaster Tom Hammond.
The Tom Hammond Sports Media Award for national accomplishments went to Cris Collinsworth, the longtime NBC Sports analyst who shared the booth with Al Michaels on Super Bowl Sunday three days earlier. Collinsworth played in two Super Bowls as a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1980s before launching his broadcasting career.
The Tom Hammond Kentucky Sports Media Award was presented to Jennie Rees, the three-time Eclipse Award-winning turf writer for the Courier-Journal of Louisville.
Two additional awards were presented in the name of National College Basketball Hall of Famer Jim Host, the founder of Host Communications of Lexington.
The Jim Host Sports Business Award went to University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. Under his guidance, UK athletes set records for graduation rates and won championships on the field of play.
Don Adkins was honored with the Jim Host Youth Sports Award. Adkins has been the athletic director for Fayette County high schools and middle schools since 2006 and has spent his entire career in youth sports since starting out as a coach at Tates Creek in the 1970s.