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Kenny Chesney Named Tennessean of the Year by Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

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Kenny Chesney has gotten just about every award and honor a country singer could get, and now he is being recognized for his dedication to the world of athletics.

The country star has been named Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. The 2011 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Awards Banquet is on Feb. 11 at Nashville’s Renaissance Hotel. Tickets are $125, and reservations can be made here.

Tennessee Sports Hall President Bill Emendorfer says that the Tennessean of the Year “honors an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to our society through sports or other methods, demonstrating strong character and high profile leadership.” Chesney says, “Anyone who knows me knows I love sports — whether it’s playing, watching or talking about ‘em. ”

An accomplished football player in high school, Chesney recently directed a documentary for ESPN on high school football called ‘Boys of Fall.’ He also recently donated 10,000 DVDs to high schools and coaches of high school football teams.

As previously mentioned, the ‘Somewhere With You’ singer also produced another documentary for ESPN, ‘The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story,’ which is about the Southeastern Conference’s first African-American starting quarterback. Chesney admired Condredge as a high schooler, having worn his jersey number when he played football. The documentary will air on ESPN on Feb. 20.

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