The 42nd annual Alabama Sports Writers Association convention this summer at Jacksonville State University is fast approaching.
The dates for this year's convention are June 9 and 10, so be sure and mark your calendar.
We will have our kick-off luncheon on Sunday, June 9, at noon at the Jacksonville State University Football Stadium Club Level.
A business meeting will follow, led by Jon Johnson of the Dothan Eagle and Tommy Deas of the Tuscaloosa News as we discuss our writing contests. We will then hold a seminar “New Media 101” as we discuss our ever-changing industry. A panel consisting of several sports editors, a sports information director and coach will lead the roundtable discussion.
We will have our Reception on the Club Level of the Jacksonville State Football Stadium, beginning at 6 p.m., followed by our annual Awards Banquet at 7 p.m. Mr. Ron Ingram (formerly of The Birmingham News) has been selected for induction for the Alabama Sports Writers Hall of Fame, and will inducted during our annual awards banquet on Sunday evening. We will also present our Writing Awards at the banquet, so I hope that you will be able to attend.
Our friends from the Talladega Superspeedway will be providing our Hospitality Room again this year at the Hampton Inn following the Awards Banquet, and this is a great time to socialize with friends and colleagues.
We will hold our annual “Sandbaggers Golf Classic” on Monday, June 10, at Silver Lakes Golf Course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. We will have our Ken Patterson Memorial Pre-Golf Brunch at 8:30 a.m., followed by golf at 9:30 a.m. Then we will serve lunch and hand our prizes at our Golf Awards Cookout, immediately following golf.
Your expense for the trip will include being a member in good standing (i.e. having paid your yearly dues) and the convention fee. Both are $25 before the convention starts. They can be mailed at any time to ASWA c/o Jacksonville State Sports Information, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, AL 36256.
For those wishing to stay overnight, we have secured a room rate of just $84 at the Hampton Inn-Jacksonville on campus. Contact them directly at (256) 782-0330 to reserve your room, and ask for the ASWA rate.
If you have any additional questions, please contact me or Greg Seitz ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Jon Johnson, President
The Dothan Eagle