The “youngest” event during next weekend’s Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration is the most exclusive, yet casual, opportunity for the public to enjoy hearing from the Class of 2020 inductees.
It’s the LSHOF Roundtable Luncheon on Saturday, June 26, at noon in the ballroom of the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel at 751 Second Street in Natchitoches. There’s still time to be among the 200 guests for the third-ever Roundtable Luncheon presented by the Tiger Athletic Foundation.
Registration is available for that event and all other activities during the June 24-26 Induction Celebration by visiting LaSportsHall.com, or by calling 318-238-4255.
The Roundtable Luncheon starts with a tremendous meal and quickly kicks into gear with Fox Sports announcer Tim Brando interviewing small groups of inductees on stage in an very informal setting. Since Brando is himself a 2020 inductee, receiving the first-ever Louisiana Sports Ambassador Award, other telejournalists, including 2018 LSHOF inductee Lyn Rollins, will also help with the interviews this time.
While there are some logical pairings for the interviews, such as Harlem Globetrotters “clown prince” legend Sweet Lou Dunbar and NBA standout Kerry Kittles, and Lady Techsters basketball great Angela Turner Johnson and women’s sports pioneer Joan Cronan, others fall together in fun fashion.
Some of the best moments of the 2019 Induction Celebration came at the luncheon when five-time USA Olympic volleyball great Danielle Scott shared the stage with Rodeo Hall of Fame cowboy T. Berry Porter, the oldest-ever inductee (at that point) at age 92, with Brando posing questions and cracking one-liners.
A poignant scene unfolded before the program when Peyton Manning stopped by to greet LSU legend Johnny Robinson, who was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame two months later.
It all combines to provide a memorable 90 minutes with guests in close proximity to the legends.
This year’s group includes the “Duck Commander,” Phil Robertson, patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” family and Louisiana’s foremost outdoorsman, along with eight-time Mr. Olympia bodybuilder Ronnie “The King” Coleman, subject of a Netflix documentary.
Two-time Pro Bowler Charles “Peanut” Tillman, a noted prankster, is also a graduate of the FBI Academy.
Mackie Freeze, who will supplant Porter as the oldest-ever living inductee at age 94, is one of five of the Class of 2020 who have master’s degrees – joined by Turner Johnson, Cronan, Robertson, and Kittles, who is on the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Villanova.
The Hall of Fame Roundtable Luncheon shapes up as a highly entertaining opportunity for guests to have a up-close-and-personal experience and be entertained and well fed.