• 2019 Seminole County Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

    May 02, 2019

    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (May 2, 2019)-- The Seminole County Sports Hall of Fame (SCSHOF) Selection Committee selected Male Athlete Jim Courier, Female Athletic Contributor Sarah Reece, and Male Athletic Contributor Drew “Bundini” Brown as the 2019 SCSHOF Fame Class. These inductees will be formally honored at the Seminole County Breakfast of Champions, to be held on May 15, 2019 at the Lake Mary Events Center. 



    Born in Sanford, professional tennis player and tennis broadcaster Jim Courier was regarded as the top tennis player in the world in 1992. His professional career included 23 ATP tournament wins, two wins at the French Open and Australian Open, and an appearance at the Wimbledon finals, earning Courier a spot in the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. Growing up, Courier learned the game of tennis from his great aunt, Emma Spencer, a 1983 SCSHOF inductee who was a collegiate tennis player at FSU and Sanford resident.  



    Sarah Reece currently serves as the Assistant State Commissioner for Babe Ruth Baseball & Softball, and as President of the Central Florida Bambino Buddy Ball League. Reece founded Central Florida Bambino Buddy Ball League, created specifically for baseball players with special needs. Buddy Ball started with nine players and has grown to over 100 special needs children and young adults in Central Florida. Reese is a City of Altamonte Springs Commissioner, and current President of the Board of Directors at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center.  



    Drew “Bundini” Brown, born in Midway, dropped out of school and joined the Navy during World War II, at the age of 13. At age 15, he left the Navy to become a Merchant Marine, serving for 12 years. Upon discharge, he became a trainer and corner-man for Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammed Ali. Brown coined Ali’s famously used catch phrase, “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Brown, once noted as the best boxing trainer in the world, also had a successful acting career.


    Former sports contributors from previous years will also be honored at the May 15 event, including former Sanford City Commissioner and baseball advocate Whitey Eckstein, 1953 Seminole High School graduate and Florida State University football player Buck Metts, and Seminole High School teacher, coach and woman’s sports pioneer June Winn.


    New nominees and nominees not inducted this year will be considered for the 2020 SCSHOF Class. Eligibility for nomination includes contributions to Seminole County sports, as either an athlete, coach, official, administrator, financial backer or media personality. The SCSHOF Committee will begin accepting nominations for the 2020 Class beginning October 1, 2019. Further details are available by contacting Mark Litwhiler at mlitwhiler@seminolecountyfl.gov.   

    Ashley Moore, Community Relations Officer
    (407) 665-1172
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