For the three newest members of the Grady County Sports Hall of Fame, it was a humbling experience Saturday at the Grady Cultural Center.
Joining a Hall that includes the likes of Teresa Edwards, Bill Stanfill and Bobby Walden among others, it was quite the honor for the newest inductees, Stacy Butler, David Ponder and the late coach Gazyett McCord.
Also recognized during the banquet was the late Jackie Robinson, who was born in Cairo prior to moving to California as an infant and later breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, the 1961, ’62, ’63 and ’66 Cairo High School state championship boys track teams and the 1965 and ’66 CHS state championship boys basketball teams.
“It’s a great honor,” said Butler, a former Whigham High School star on the basketball court and on the track. “It’s humbling. I was just perusing the past inductees and to be included with that class and calibar of athlete is very humbling.
“People at home know you better than anyone else and for them to take this step and vote you into the Hall of Fame, it’s a very great honor.
“You’re talking about Jackie Robinson, and to be included in the same breath as that calibar of not only athlete, but person, that’s very humbling.”
See Sunday's edition for more details.