Distinguished Service Award

The Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame exists due to the hard work and dedication of a number of individuals. One of the founders of this organization was Billy Schrivner, and his dedication and leadership provided the basis for what the JMCSHOF has become. After retiring from the board, Schrivner continued to serve as a valued mentor and advisor until his passing in March 2014. It is with great honor that the Sports Hall of Fame Board grant the Billy Schrivner Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his selfless gifts to our athletic community.

2018 Award Winner: Freddie Garrett, Jr.

Freddie Garrett, Jr. is the recipient of the 2018 Billy Schrivner Distinguished Service Award due to his significant involvement in and contributions to local athletic organizations.

Garrett grew up in Brownsville, graduating from Haywood High School in 1978. When he moved to Jackson in 1981, he began coaching YMCA youth basketball teams and the Jackson Little League Jackson Sun baseball team, winning a city championship. Garrett served as an official for TSSAA high school football for 26 years, high school and junior college basketball for 15 years, and high school baseball for five years. Garrett had the unique pleasure of officiating in the 2001 TSSAA state championship game. He also umpired for Jackson and Madison County baseball organizations, including Dixie Youth, Jackson Little League, and Sr. Little League.

In addition to coaching and officiating, Garrett served on the table crew at Union University for nearly 20 years as a PA announcer, shot clock operator, and game clock operator. He was also a member of the table crew for the annual NAIA National Women’s Tournament held in Jackson. Garrett regularly kept score for games held at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex, as well as for Jackson Parks and Recreation church league basketball.

Garrett is an active member of First Baptist Church Bemis, and enjoys spending time with his four children and eight grandchildren.

View the list of past recipients.