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15TH ANNUAL PEPSI CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS PRESENTED BY KROGER HONORS GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE SPORTS

Nashville, Tenn.(March 7, 2013) - The Nashville Sports Council recognized the best in Middle Tennessee sports tonight at the 15th Annual Pepsi Celebration of Champions presented by Kroger. The event recognizes outstanding individual and team achievements from the previous calendar year. Award recipients were honored during the event amongst nearly 1,000 spectators at the historic Grand Ole Opry House. The night was capped off with a celebration of the Nashville Sports Council’s 20th Anniversary.

“The Pepsi Celebration of Champions presented by Kroger event is a symbolic tribute, a recognition and respect to Middle Tennessee athletes and moments, and on behalf of Pepsi Beverages Company’s Mid Atlantic Region, I would like to congratulate these talented nominees for their dedication and tireless efforts to Middle Tennessee sports,” said PBC Sr. Director of Retail Bryant Davis.

The award winners of the 15th Annual Pepsi Celebration of Champions presented by Kroger are as follows:

Sports Person of the Year:  R.A. Dickey – NY Mets, Toronto Blue Jays

Fred Russell Lifetime Achievement:  Woody Hunt – Cumberland University Baseball

Community Spirit Award: Goodlettsville Little League Baseball

Ed Temple Amateur Female Athlete of the Year:  Ebony Rowe – MTSU Basketball

Ed Temple Amateur Male Athlete of the Year:  Steven Fox – U.S. Amateur Golf, UT-Chattanooga

Kaia Jergenson Courage Award:  Andrew Kittrell

High School Male Athletics:  Corn Elder – Ensworth Football & Basketball

High School Female Athletics:  Alex Banks – Beech Softball

High School Male Team Athletics:  Beech Football

High School Female Team Athletics:  Riverdale Basketball

Sergeant York Trophy:  Tennessee State University

Nashville Sports Council Volunteer of the Year:  Rachel Terry

Brandt and Mandy Snedeker Scholarship Award Recipients: Brock Baker – Oakland High School | Barbara Lee Ball – Lipscomb Academy | Michelle Chintanaphol – The Harpeth Hall | Nicholas Egli – Battle Ground Academy

“Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners in an unforgettable year in sports in Middle Tennessee,” said Scott Ramsey, president and CEO, Nashville Sports Council.  “What a great event to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Sports Council.”

The Top 10 Sports Moments of 2012, as voted on by Middle Tennessee sports media, were also revealed throughout the night.

Top 10 Sports Moments of 2012

10. Predators advance to 2nd Round of playoffs

9. Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball wins SEC Championship

8. Brian Baker advances to 4th Round at Wimbledon

7. Pat Summitt wins SEC Tournament in final Nashville coaching appearance

6. Jalen Hurd breaks two state records during state title game

5. Brandt Snedeker wins FedEx Cup, Tour Championship, and is named to Ryder Cup team

4. Steven Fox wins U.S. Amateur Championship

3. Vanderbilt Football finished season 9-4 with Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl victory

2. R.A. Dickey and David Price win Cy Young Awards

1. Goodlettsville Little League Baseball Team wins U.S. Championship at Little League World Series

The night concluded by celebrating the Nashville Sports Council’s 20th Anniversary, a reveal of the twenty most significant sports moments of the last twenty years.

20th Anniversary Sports Moments

1994   

o Nashville begins hosting March Madness with OVC Men’s and Women’s Tournaments followed by NCAA Women’s Regional, NCAA Men 1st/2nd Round, SEC Men’s and Women’s Tournaments

1996   

o Bridgestone Arena built

o LP Field referendum passed

1997   

o U.S. Figure Skating is first sporting event held at Bridgestone arena

1998   

o Nashville Predators debut

1999   

o Music City Miracle and Titans run to the Super Bowl

2000   

o First annual Country Music Marathon

2003   

o Tennessee State University Men’s Basketball Coach Teresa Phillips becomes first female D-1 coach

o NHL Draft held at Bridgestone Arena

o Steve McNair named NFL co-MVP

2004   

o VISA U.S. Gymnastics Championship hosted in Nashville

2005   

o Nashville Sounds win Pacific Coast League Championship

2008   

o Nashville Sports Council & Ohio Valley Conference awarded the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four

2010   

o Chris Johnson rushes for over 2,000 yards, also breaks single season yards from scrimmage record

2011   

o Vanderbilt Baseball makes first trip to the College World Series

2012   

o Pat Summit coaches last game in Nashville, winning SEC Tournament

o Vanderbilt wins Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, first 9 game win          season since 1915

o Brandt Snekeder wins 2012 PGA Tour Championship and FedEx Cup

o David Price and R.A. Dickey win Cy Young Awards

o Goodlettsville Little League Baseball wins U.S. Championship in Little League World Series

The Pepsi Celebration of Champions presented by Kroger was created in 1999 and is Nashville’s premier sports awards event saluting amateur and professional sporting events in Middle Tennessee.

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About Kroger

Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 339,000 associates who serve customers in 2,422 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 790 convenience stores, 344 fine jewelry stores, 1,141 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America; Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 160 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. For more information about Kroger, please visit www.kroger.com.

About the Nashville Sports Council

The Nashville Sports Council is a private, non-profit, membership-based organization of area corporations and individual sports enthusiasts.  Created in 1992, the Nashville Sports Council’s mission is to positively impact the economy and quality of life of the Greater Nashville Area by attracting and promoting professional and amateur sporting events.  The Nashville Sports Council has hosted hundred of major sporting events that have produced more than half a billion dollars in direct economic impact for the region.  For more information call 615.743.3120 or visit NashvilleSports.com.  Follow the Nashville Sports Council on Facebook and Twitter.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola – make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo’s promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.