Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame sets reception honoring Horton

The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame will hold a special reception from 6 -8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, to honor Harold Horton, who retired in July as executive director of the Razorback Foundation.

The reception will be held at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum on the west side of Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

Tickets for the event are $25 for Hall of Fame members and $50 for those who are not members of the organization. The $50 tickets include one-year memberships, allowing purchasers of those tickets to vote on the next induction class to the Hall of Fame.

Those desiring to purchase tickets should call Ray Tucker or Jennifer Smith at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame at 663-4328.

Dating back to his playing days at DeWitt High School, Horton has had an impact on sports in the state at every level. Horton, a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee, served for many years as a member of the organization’s board of directors and is now a member of its senior advisory board. His son Tim, an assistant football coach at the University of Arkansas, is a member of the Hall of Fame board.

Horton, a former University of Arkansas assistant under Frank Broyles and Lou Holtz, became the head coach at the University of Central Arkansas in 1982. His teams went 74-12-5 in his eight seasons there, winning NAIA national championships in 1984 and 1985. The Bears won seven consecutive Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championships under Horton, who was the AIC coach of the year five times and the NAIA national coach of the year in 1983.

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