Volleyball celebration set for Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Putt Riddle, the author of ABOVE THE NET: 50 YEARS OF THE BEST VOLLEYBALL IN TEXAS,  will hold Putt’s Volleyball Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon on June 30 at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco.

In addition to the meal and the recognition ceremony, Putt has invited Kathy Bresnahan to be the keynote speaker. Kathy coached the West Trojans of Iowa City, Iowa to the 2010 and 2011 Class 5A state volleyball titles. The 2011 Trojan team was beset by the tragedy of losing its top player and team co-captain, Carolyn Found, in a moped accident as she traveled to the hospital to see her terminally-ill mother.

The story of how Kathy rallied the team has been made into a book written by her and into a movie starring Helen Hunt as Kathy. Both the book and the movie are titled THE MIRACLE SEASON.

Putt’s Volleyball Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon is set for June 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Mike Wright, general manager of KWTX-TV will host. Wright, a multi-award winning broadcaster, also serves as stadium announcer at Kyle Field for Texas A&M home football games.

Riddle is honoring the 22 high schools in his book that have won the most state championships since volleyball became a UIL sport in 1967. He is also honoring 31 of the most successful coaches in Texas high school history who have helped make volleyball the success it is today.

These are the coaches who have won the most state titles and matches, in some cases at multiple Texas high schools. Some are retired. Some are still coaching. It is an opportunity to sit with them, enjoy a meal and get to know them even better.

Tickets to the ceremony and luncheon are $50.00 each. Riddle is donating 10% each of the ticket price to the Texas Girls Coaches Association and to the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches. There is a limited number of seats available at the tables which will feature placards displaying the name, school colors and years in which titles were won by each of the 22 schools.

In order for Riddle to arrange catering, tickets should be ordered by June 12.

Send your check made payable to Riddle Volleyball Celebration, P.O. Box 225, Groesbeck, TX 76642.

To ask questions, call Riddle at 254-747-3076 or email him at byronputtriddle@gmail.com.