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Lebanon Kiwanis Club to host Woody Hunt Appreciation Night

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:57 PM

The Kiwanis Club of Lebanon will recognize Cumberland University Baseball Coach Woody Hunt for his leadership and service to community.

Hunt will be honored at a banquet at 6:30 p.m. July 29 at Immanuel Baptist Church.

The Kiwanis Club decided to organize the event to honor an individual who has made a positive contribution to the community through their time, actions, and dedication and serves as an inspiration to others. The club felt there was only one choice as its recipient - Coach Woody Hunt.

“This is the beginning of a tradition that will honor those who have made a significant impact on our community.” said club president Phillip Carter, “I can think of no other individual that better represents character, leadership, and selflessness than Coach Hunt. He has been a champion for our community and is most deserving of this honor.”

Since arriving at Cumberland more than three decades ago, Hunt has grown Cumberland’s baseball program, transforming the Bulldogs into three-time national champions, including the reigning NAIA champs. Under his leadership, the team has competed in 11 NAIA World Series and won conference championships in the Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference, TranSouth Conference, and the Mid-South Conference.

The coach and members of the Cumberland University Baseball team will be available for autographs and photos.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Tables of 10 are available. Tickets may be purchased at Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce, CedarStone Bank main office or the Wilson Bank & Trust main office. For more information contact Judy Cox at 443-3130.

Hunt, future-Vol Hall speak to Lebanon Gold all-stars

Just as the Lebanon Kiwanis Club was making plans to honor longtime Cumberland baseball coach Woody Hunt for his contributions to the community, the hall of fame coach and one of his star players were working to inspire some of today’s young players Monday.

Hunt and All-American left-fielder Chris Hall spoke to the Lebanon Gold minor-league all-star team in a surprise visit to its practice Monday on the eve of its Little League district championship game

Lebanon faced Gallatin on Tuesday night at Crump Paris Park in South Carthage needing one win to clinch its first berth in the 9-10 Little League state tournament which will begin Saturday in Goodlettsville. If the undefeated Gold lost last night, they would meet again tonight with the winner punching its state ticket.

Hunt told the team to “play your best” and “anticipate the win”.

Hall, who graduated from CU in May and has committed to play for the Tennessee Vols while working toward a master’s degree, told the players, “Always play your best, no matter the circumstances.”

Hall, who played at Baird Park in the Rotary Dixie Youth League a decade ago before earning all-state honors at Friendship Christian, is expected to sign scholarship papers with the Vols soon.

Gold coach Paul Jewell has agreed to shave his head if the team reaches the state.

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