Union Trustees to be honored at 2017 Bluegrass Sports Awards

Published on
January 06, 2017

U LaurelsThree of Union College’s noted alumni will be honored next month during the 2017 Bluegrass Sports Awards.

Donald G. Lane ’65, along with Sarah K. Ramsey ’62 and husband Kenneth L. Ramsey ’53, will be recognized at the awards ceremony and banquet to be held on February 1 in Lexington. This is the sixth annual Bluegrass Sports Awards, a ceremony held by the Bluegrass Sports Commission to honor the Commonwealth’s highest achievers in sports. This year’s ceremony is presented by Alltech.

“Our award winners have had the unparalleled success in their respective industries and are very deserving,” Bluegrass Sports Commission president and CEO Brian Miller told the Lexington Herald Leader. “This event has grown into one of the bigger nights celebrating the sports industry in Kentucky.”

Don Lane is being honored with the 2017 Jim Host Youth Sports Award. He was inducted into the Kentucky Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004 after a 26-year career as head coach at Transylvania, during which he racked up a 509-245 record and earned a number of accolades, including NAIA, NABC and Basketball Times National Coach of the Year in 2001, NAIA District Coach of the Year in 1993, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Kentucky College Coach of the Year three times, and coach of the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival Team. He retired in 2001 after leading the Pioneers to a No. 1 ranking in the country for the first time in school history and finishing 27-2. Lane is also a member of the Transylvania Athletic Hall of Fame and the Union College Athletic Hall of Fame. Previous recipients of the Jim Host Youth Sports Award include Martha Layne Collins, Louis Stout, Dave Kerchner, Don Adkins and Mike Fields.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey are the co-winners of the Jim Host Sports Business Award for 2017. They own Ramsey Farm, a 1,200-acre horse breeding operation in Nicholasville and have raced horses at tracks throughout the United States. They have multiple graded stakes winners, three Breeders’ Cup winners, and the Ramseys themselves have won multiple Eclipse Awards for outstanding owner and breeder. Many of their race horses have names incorporating the word “Kitten”, Ken’s nickname for Sarah, and was used as the inspiration for the name of their leading stallion, Kitten’s Joy, a successful racehorse on the turf.

The Ramseys join previous winners Bill Farish, Mitch Barnhart, Alan Stein, Jerry Carroll and Ted Bassett as the Jim Host Sports Business Award recipients. The Ramseys were also honored during the fall racing season after winning a record 28th Champion Owner Title during the Churchill Downs fall meet.

“Union College has alumni in all corners of the Commonwealth and across the world, and carry an impact wherever they go,” said Union College President Marcia Hawkins. “We are so proud of Don, Sarah and Ken and congratulate them and wish them continued success in their endeavors.” 

The Bluegrass Sports Awards will also recognize the 2017 recipients of the Tom Hammond Sports Media Award; Tom Hammond Kentucky Sports Media Award and the Bobby Flynn Volunteer of the Year Award. The event will consist of a reception with award winners and keynote speakers, a sit-down dinner and awards program. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the BSC and its efforts to grow the economic impact sports tourism has on central Kentucky. Tables of 10 are available for purchase for $1,250. Individual tickets are also available for $150. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 859-286-5156.