Meritorious service award to be presented to Joe Mosby

Joe Mosby, longtime reporter and contributor to the Log Cabin Democrat, is the 2013 recipient of the Joe B. McGee Award for meritorious service to Conway athletics.

He will be presented with the award at the Conway Athletic Awards Commission’s luncheon Sunday, Jan. 19.

Mosby, a former outdoor editor of the Arkansas Gazette, was a 2002 inductee into the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame and was given the Arkansas Activities Association’s Distinguished Service Award for his years of covering high school athletics. He has been inducted into the Arkansas Sports Writers and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He still writes regularly for the Log Cabin Democrat and other publications.

“In his 60-plus year career, Joe has covered just about every type of sporting endeavor known to mankind. We are thrilled to recognize his career achievements with the Joe B. McGee Award,” said CAAC chairman David Grimes.

McGee began covering Hendrix athletics part-time for the Log Cabin Democrat while a student at the school in 1920s. He went on work at the paper for 50 years, mainly as a sports writer and sports editor, but in various other roles as well, including managing editor. He helped organize the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in the late 1950s and was honored by the Hall with its meritorious service award in 1984. Conway’s western sports center is named in his memory. McGee died in 1984 and was inducted into the Hendrix Sports Hall of Honor in 2005.

The CAAC previously announced that former Conway High and UCA multi-sport star Henry Hawk will be honored with the 2013 Elijah Pitts Award for career achievement, while UCA baseball coach Allen Gum will be presented the 2013 Marvin Delph Award for sportsman of the year while Hendrix track and field national champion Elizabeth Krug will be honored with the Marvin Delph Award for sportswoman of the year.

The CAAC will also recognize several eighth-graders from local public and private schools with the annual Marvin Delph Student-Athlete Awards.

The luncheon will be at Central Baptist College’s Mabee Center. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling 932-5813 or e-mailing david.grimes@amcins.com. Proceeds from this year’s banquet will go towars helping to build Braves Field, a baseball facility for those with special needs.

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