GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Tony Davis is one of the 11 inductees who will be honored on Saturday. Davis, a 1981 Gulfport High School graduate, was a state track champion under the watchful eye of coach Bobby Woodworth.
Davis said, "To be inducted, it means a lot. I appreciate what the Gulfport Sports Hall of Fame are doing for a lot of the athletes here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast."
Davis says Coach Woodworth made sure he would compete against the nation's top runner, going to track meets throughout the country.
Prince Jones coached Davis in the 7th grade and he remembers watching a young man with loads of potential.
"Tony was a tremendous athlete in junior high school, played wide receiver, but he loved that track, "stated Jones. "So, when he got to high school he just excelled in everything. I knew he was good, but what really caught my attention when he won the first Track Athlete of the Year for the state of Mississippi. He was blessed to go to New York to pickup his award. He left high school and was All-SEC at LSU and Alabama."
Davis received a track scholarship to LSU, but later transferred to Alabama. He was named a 9-time All-SEC selection, 800 meters All-American, and SEC 800 meters champion.
"It takes a lot of people to support you and help you to the place you are when it comes to athletics and I just appreciate the opportunity to be able to thank these people that helped me along the way, "said Davis."
Davis makes his home in Pass Christian and continues to work with young people on the Coast.
There are only a few tickets remaining for the awards banquet on Saturday.