By LARRY VAUGHT
GEORGETOWN — Former University of Kentucky All-Americans Kyle Macy and Jack Givens will be the featured speakers for the annual Tyler Hicks Memorial Scholarship Banquet at Scott County High School Aug. 11 at 6 p.m.
Tyler Hicks is the son of long-time Scott County coach Billy Hicks. He was killed in an automobile accident on Oct. 26, 2012. Tyler Hicks was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army after a standout athletics career at Scott County before he went to UK and graduated.
The Hicks Family has established the Tyler Hicks Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor Tyler’s life and to reward a standout student athlete or member of the athletic support staff who exemplifies many of the same traits that made Tyler so successful.
The goal of this scholarship fund is to provide a $2,500 scholarship for four consecutive years to a deserving student. Last year’s winner was Halie Fain, a two-time state champion softball player who was valedictorian of her class and was a Tennessee-Martin signee. This year’s scholarship recipient is softball player Princess Valencia, who helped Scott win its third state title in five years this season.
Macy and Givens will speak after the dinner. Both were starters on UK’s 1978 national championship team.
Macy was a consensus choice as SEC Player of the Year in 1980, his senior season, and then played seven years in the NBA and two years in Italy.
Givens was the Final Four MVP in 1978 after his 41-point effort against Duke in the national title game. Givens scored 2,038 points in 123 games at UK, third on the school’s all-time scoring list. He played two years with the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA.
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To purchase a dinner ticket, make a donation to the scholarship fund or find more information after the event, go to http://www.tylerhicks14memorial.com/.