The Lebanon Kiwanis Club plans to recognize Cumberland University baseball coach Woody Hunt for his outstanding leadership and service to community.
Hunt will be honored at a banquet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Kiwanis Club members decided to organize the event to honor Hunt, who they said is individual who has made a positive contribution to the community through his time, actions and dedication and serves as an inspiration to others.
Members felt there was only one choice.
“This is the beginning of a tradition that will honor those who have made a significant impact on our community.” said Phillip Carter, president of the Lebanon Kiwanis Club, “I can think of no other individual who 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 demonstrated commitment every day as a devoted coach and mentor, according to Carter, who also works as Cumberland’s communications director.
Hunt has grown Cumberland’s baseball program, transforming the Bulldogs into a three-time NAIA national championship team. 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.
“Hunt has made a lifelong impact in the lives of not only his student-athletes, but the youth and citizens of the community, as well,” Carter said. “He has impressed upon them the values of respect, devotion and sportsmanship. He has always taught athletes and non-athletes alike to win and lose with humility and respect.”
Hunt and members of the Cumberland University baseball team will be available for autographs and photos.
Tickets to the banquet are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Tables of 10 are available. Tickets may be purchased at the Lebanon-Wilson Chamber of Commerce office, CedarStone Bank main office and Wilson Bank & Trust main office. For more information, call event coordinator Judy Cox at 615-443-3130.