LOUISVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) – After 20 years at the helm of the University of Kentucky’s athletic department, Mitch Barnhart says Kentucky is a forever home. The Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame will be adding the longtime Athletics Director to the hall in August.
The Louisville Sports Commision announced the Class of 2022 at Freedom Hall on Thursday afternoon. Along with Barnhart, longtime UK administrator Sue Feamster is also in the class, with former Louisville running back Michael Bush, and former Harlem Globetrotter Dallas Thornton are a part of the four member class.
“I would be remised if I didn’t say it. I didn’t say it on the podium, but we came here 20 years ago, one of those We came here 20 years ago as one of those things, we envisioned staying eight to ten years,” Barnhart said. But Kentucky is his home now. “We love Kentucky, the Commonwealth is our home, and we feel a great honor representing the University of Kentucky and the state.”
Feamster was instrumental in elevating women’s sports, not only at the University of Kentucky, but in high school sports around the state. For her, this call to the hall means more because she remembers the work it took to get women’s sports in the same rooms back in the 70s.
“For a little girl that couldn’t play little league baseball, couldn’t get a baseball cap and a uniform, it means everything to me,” Feamster said. “I never thought it would come, this award, but deeply grateful to be recognized by my state.”
The class will be inducted on August 22nd at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville on August 22nd.