Missouri Sports Hall of Fame President and Executive Director Jerald Andrews announced last week the Hall's upcoming inductions, as well as the Elite 11 awards, for the annual Football Luncheon presented by Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, October 16 at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield.
The Elite 11 recognizes former high school, college and pro standouts who made positive impacts. This year’s group consists of Shannon Crouch (Seneca High School), Mitch Espy (Marshfield High School/Missouri State), Mikael Cooper-Falls (Hillcrest High School/Missouri State), Jacob Hamon (Branson High School/Evangel University), Fred Harle (Raytown High School/Missouri State), Ryan Howerton (Lebanon High School/Lindenwood University/Mizzou), Shem Johnson (Parkview High School/Benedictine College/Indoor Football League), Eric Ramsey (Warsaw High School/Missouri Western University), Nick Smart (Marionville/Southwest Baptist University), Matt Wehner (Lebanon High School/Missouri Southern) and Rodney Witt (Ava High School/Missouri State).
Smart earned Class 1 First Team All-State in 2003 as the then quarterback led Marionville to a state championship. At Southwest Baptist, he was a 2007 First Team All-American by Football Gazette magazine, plus earned All-MIAA and an invitation to the Cactus Bowl, the NCAA Division II All-Star Game. He is now an attorney for Strong Garner and Bauer in Springfield.
For the luncheon, sponsorship tables of eight, which include an autographed print and special recognition in the printed program, are $400. A head table ticket is $100 and an individual ticket is $40. Numerous sponsorships also are available, including congratulatory ads, by calling 889-3100.