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KNOXVILLE (WBIR) -- The Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame will continue its tradition of honoring the area's finest athletes at the dinner and induction ceremony on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton will serve as the featured speaker. The tickets are $150 each, and the website is www.gkshof.org.

Todd Helton, a Knoxville native, is a graduate of Central High School and the University of Tennessee where he played both baseball and football.

He was awarded the 1995 Dick Howser Trophy, considered to be the baseball equivalent of college football's Heisman Trophy.

He was drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Colorado Rockies in 1995.

He was awarded the 2000 National League Hank Aaron Award for being the best hit

ter in the National League.

He is also a 5-time All-Star, 4-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and 3-time Gold Glove Award winner.

For more than three decades, the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony has celebrated excellence in athletics while benefiting the life-changing work of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.

Each year, ten individuals with ties to the Greater Knoxville region are inducted into the Hall of Fame for their achievements in athletics.

With locations in Knox, Blount, Loudon and North Anderson Counties, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley offers programs that increase academic success, encourage healthy lifestyles, and develop good character and citizenship among youth and teens.

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