MACON, Ga. – On Saturday evening at the Historic Macon City Auditorium, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank became the eighth and final member of the 2018 Class to be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, a recognition of his ongoing generous contributions and profound impact on the community.
“I was not born and raised in Georgia, but I’ve spent the majority of my life here,” Blank told the large crowd seated among the 80-plus tables to celebrate the inductees. “And, as [Master of Ceremonies Tony Barnhart] said, I co-founded The Home Depot here 40 years ago. This is a tremendous honor to be inducted tonight into our state’s sports hall of fame.”
Joining Blank in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 were former Kentucky and New York Knicks star Kenny “Sky” Walker; Olympic Gold Medalist Angelo Taylor; former Auburn All-American defensive lineman Tracy Rocker; women’s golf pioneer Terri Moody Hancock; illustrious University of Georgia golf coach Chris Haack; real estate icon and Atlanta sports pioneer Tom Cousins and former UGA All-American and future NFL Hall of Famer Champ Bailey.