It is awards season again in Cookeville as the fourth annual Golden Wings Awards is scheduled to occur Thursday at the Hooper Eblen Center. The doors open at 7 p.m., and the event begins at 8 p.m.
The ceremony celebrates all of the accomplishments in athletics from the previous school year. The categories celebrated include: Team of the Year, Play of the Year, Performance of the Year, Breakthrough Male Athlete of the Year, Breakthrough Female Athlete of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year.
Another category being recognized is the Comeback Athlete of the Year. The nominees for the award include: Joshua Poplar (football), Hunter Vick (men’s basketball), Cade Crosland (men’s basketball), and Kesha Brady (women’s basketball).
Sophomore shooting guard Kesha Brady returned to the court for the women’s basketball team this season after suffering a season ending injury her freshman year. She appeared in 33 games this year; averaging 10.2 points per game, as well as 3.5 rebounds per game. Brady was a catalyst and a key component for the Golden Eagles, making it to the second round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and the Women’s Basketball Invitational Tournament.
“It feels great, I was very shocked because I honestly did not even expect to be one of the nominees, or to even be nominated for anything,” Brady said. “I am really excited to just go and have a good time, and to see my coach get the coach of the year award.”
Kayla Hughes, junior pitcher for the women’s softball team, is also looking forward to attending the ceremony.
“I am excited to see and remember the great things that our teams and athletes accomplished in the 2018 season, and cheering on my teammates who have been nominated for awards this year,” Hughes said.
The dress code is business casual, and athletes are encouraged to dress to impress. For more information on the 2019 Golden Wings Awards, follow @TTUGoldenWings on Twitter.