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The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame (KAHOF), fueled by the Kentucky Lottery, was founded in 1963 to recognize athletes and sports figures who were born in, or who played their respective sport in, the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Each inductee is recognized with a bronze plaque that historically has been showcased at Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. After a hiatus in the 1970s and 1980s, the KAHOF was reinstated. Its volunteer board of directors aligned with Kosair Charities, which provided administrative support and oversaw the banquet In return, Kosair Charities was the beneficiary of an annual donation. In 2018, when Kosair Charities ended its longtime relationship with the event, the KAHOF board unanimously voted to allow the Louisville Sports Commission to oversee and administer all aspects of the KAHOF.

Inductees

1963

1964

1965

Selection on hiatus

1966

1967

Selection on hiatus through 1974

1975

1976

Selection on hiatus through 1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

  • Butch Beard
  • Gus Bell
  • Bear Bryant
  • Ralph Carlisle
  • Billy Evans
  • Letcher Norton
  • Betty Rowland Probasco
  • S. T. Roach
  • Mike Silliman

1989

1990

1991

  • Dave Cowens
  • Keene Daingerfield
  • Jack Givens
  • Don Gullett
  • Steve Hamilton
  • C. M. Newton
  • Babe Parilli
  • Johnny Unitas

1992

  • Mike Barry
  • Junior Bridgeman
  • John Gaines
  • Alex Groza
  • Roy Kidd
  • Bobby Laughlin
  • Jeff Van Note
  • Susie Shields White

1993

  • John Dromo
  • Sam English
  • Bob Gain
  • Ron King
  • Mary T. Meagher
  • Lou Michaels
  • Mack Miller
  • Cotton Nash

1994

  • Rudy Ellis
  • Geri Grigsby
  • Tom Jackson
  • Ralph Kurcheval
  • Dicky Lyons
  • Howard Schnellenberger
  • Frank Selvy

1995

1996

  • Don Fightmaster
  • Darrell Griffith
  • Kyle Macy
  • Steve Meilinger
  • Paulie Miller
  • Jim Reid
  • Valerie Still
  • William T. Young

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

  • Johnny Cox
  • Wesley Cox
  • Bill Gatti
  • Tom Hammond
  • Lisa Harrison
  • Vernon Hatton
  • Billy Reed
  • Lee Rose
  • Charles Ruter

2002

  • Sonny Collins
  • Patti Cooksey
  • Richie Farmer
  • Rodney McCray
  • Mo Moorman
  • John Owens
  • Wes Strader
  • Guy Strong
  • Danny Sullivan

2003

  • Roy Bowling
  • Anne Combs
  • Kenny Davis
  • Dermontti Dawson
  • Jack Harbaugh
  • Johnny Meihaus
  • Van Vance
  • Will Wolford

2004=

  • Doug Buffone
  • Howard Crittenden
  • Jimmy Feix
  • Don Lane
  • Jim McDaniels
  • Tamara McKinney
  • Tom Meeker
  • Ukari Figgs Moore
  • Bill Spivey

2005

  • Bob Davis
  • Woodie Fryman
  • D. Wayne Lukas
  • Greg Page
  • Adrian Smith
  • Art Still
  • 1974-1975 Kentucky Colonels

2006

  • Doug Flynn
  • Jenny Hansen
  • Clemette Haskins
  • Allan Houston
  • Tom Jurich
  • Elmore Just
  • Pat Riley
  • Bob Schneider
  • Hillerich and Bradsby

2007

  • Myra Van Hoose Blackwelder
  • Tim Couch
  • Clarence Gaines
  • Bill Keightley
  • Ron Kordes
  • Jeff Mullins
  • Chris Redman
  • Secretariat
  • Kenny Walker
  • DeJuan Wheat

2008

  • William S. Farish
  • Joe Federspiel
  • Joe Kendall
  • Dale Lindsey
  • Jamal Mashburn
  • Tubby Smith
  • Jaime Walz-Richey
  • Bob White

2009

  • Mike Casey
  • Travis Grant
  • Patti Jo Hedges-Ward
  • Bobby Keith
  • Marty O'Toole
  • Dan Ulmer
  • Mary Jean Wall

2010

  • Jeff Brohm
  • Buddy Demling
  • Wilber Hackett
  • Lillie Mason
  • Dan Neal
  • Mike Pratt
  • Michael Waltrip
  • Donna Wise

2011

  • Rex Chapman
  • Bunny Daugherty
  • Artis Gilmore
  • Ed Kallay
  • Jerry May
  • Phil Roof
  • George Tinsley

2012

  • Lee Corso
  • Hugh Durham
  • Seth Hancock
  • Angel McCoughtry
  • Homer Rice
  • Rick Robey
  • Bobby Watson
  • Churchill Downs

2013

  • Calvin Borel
  • Jerry Carroll
  • Julie Ditty
  • Pervis Ellison
  • Bo McMillin
  • Donna Bender Moir
  • Dwayne D. Woodruff

2014

  • Susan Bradley-Cox
  • Charles Crabtree
  • Stan Hardin
  • Bill Miller
  • Paul Rogers
  • Rudell Stitch
  • Valhalla Golf Club

2015

  • Lloyd Gardner
  • Sharon Garland
  • Randy Marsh
  • Mel Purcell
  • Paul Sanderford
  • Shandelier Boyd Smith
  • Keeneland Race Course

2016

2017

  • Mike Battaglia
  • Howard Beth
  • Rodger Bird
  • Rob Bromley
  • Swag Hartel
  • Kenny Klein
  • Dennis Lampley
  • Marion Miley

2018

  • Bob Baffert
  • Sam Ball
  • Bob Beatty
  • Bernie Bickerstaff
  • Nicky Hayden
  • Ken Ramsey
  • Sarah Ramsey

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