Long-time local broadcaster Keith Farrell was awarded the Dr. Rudy J. Ellis Distinguished Service Award during an awards ceremony in Louisville.
Farrell received the honor Thursday during a ceremony at Papa John’s Stadium.
Farrell, currently the public address announcer for Webster County athletics, was nominated for the award by Webster County High School Athletic Director Matt Bell.
Farrell was the radio voice for Providence High School and WCHS athletics from 1980 until 2013, when he retired from broadcasting. He has since volunteered for WCHS, continuing to be the voice of Trojan sports.
Farrell was a football player at Murray High School in Murray, and attended Murray State University prior to his time at WHRZ 97.7 FM.
Farrell also volunteers as the assistant director of Providence Community Food Center, and as director of the local Toys for Tots annual Christmas drive.
The service award is named after the late Dr. Rudy J. Ellis of Louisville, a pioneer in sports medicine in Kentucky. He was the first doctor in the state to offer free physicals to athletes, and established the Jefferson County Sports Medicine program to provide doctors to all high school football games in Louisville.
Dr. Ellis also established a scholarship fund for students who pursued sports medicine degrees.
The award is given to individuals, groups, and businesses outside of athletic administration in recognition of service to and support of interscholastic sports.
Other award winners presented at the ceremony included:
•Robert Ervin of Union County High School, who won the Garnis Martin Outstanding Coach Award. Ervin, the wrestling coach for the Braves, has won six team state championships, and coached 29 individuals to state titles.
•James “Jim” Bates of Henderson County was a recipient of the Ellis award. Bates is a long-time broadcaster and official scorer for HCHS basketball. He is a member of the Colonels Hall of Fame, which he also helped establish.
•Allison Ellis of Lyon County High School’s girls basketball team was named to the 2017 All Resilient Team. Ellis lost her father and grandmother in a three-month span, but continued to excel in the classroom, where she holds a 4.1 weighted GPA. She plays for the Lady Lyons’ basketball and softball teams, and is a member of the bass fishing team.
•Lindsey Duvall of Bullitt East missed most of her junior year after doctors discovered a benign tumor in her knee. She returned her senior season to become BEHS’s all-time leading scorer and this year’s Miss Kentucky Basketball.
The All-Resilient Team is sponsored in Part by Tom Leach Productions, and recognizes student-athletes who have overcome adversity to excel in the classroom and sports arenas.