Insider Louisville doesn’t spend much time on sports. But we do like sports as economic development, and this involves both Jim Host and Pearse Lyons.

So, we’re reposting an announcement from The Bluegrass Sports Commission.

The Bluegrass Sports Commission and Alltech, the Lexington-based animal feeds and booze company, are sponsoring the inaugural Bluegrass Sports Awards Wed., Feb. 15, at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa.

We already thought there was a statewide sports award night, but what do we know.

This event sounds like it’s move beyond sports for sports sake to promoting Kentucky. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Bluegrass Sports Commission and its efforts to expand the economic impact sports tourism has on central Kentucky, according to a news release.

“ These award recipients represent some of Kentucky’s greatest ambassadors – individuals who have and continue to promote this state around the country and the world,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech in a news release. “Last year, the spotlight was on Kentucky for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, an event with over $400 million in economic impact. Alltech shares the same beliefs as the Bluegrass Sports Commission, bringing world class sporting events to Kentucky, from the Bluegrass State Games to legacy events such as the Alltech National Horse Show.”

In the first of four awards scheduled to be presented at the first event, NBC sportscaster and Lexington native Tom Hammond will receive the Achievement in Sports Broadcasting honor, according to a news release:

Hammond has risen to the highest ranks of the sports broadcasting profession and has done so without ever forgetting his roots. He has been one of NBC Sports’ top sportscasters for more than 30 years, while also serving as an ambassador for not only Lexington but the Commonwealth as a whole. Beginning with his broadcast of the first Breeder’s Cup, he has called events in nearly every sport around the globe, including the NBA, NFL, NCAA, horse racing and the Olympic Games.

Two others will receive awards:

  • The first Jim Host Awards, sponsored by KEMI. The Jim Host Youth Sports Award will be given annually to a Kentuckian who has achieved success in coaching, administering, volunteering or otherwise associating with youth and/or high school sports “who has had a positive impact on their community and the Commonwealth.”
  • The Jim Host Sports Business Award will be given annually to a Kentuckian “who has achieved a high level of success in the sports industry and has had a positive impact in the state.”

The event is scheduled to conclude with the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper’s live announcement of the Kentucky Sportsman of the Year for the first time in the 31-year history of the award, according to the release.

The award has been given annually since 1981 when Roy Kidd received it. The voting is done by print, radio and television sports media from around the state and is coordinated by the Herald-Leader, according to the release.

The event will include a VIP reception with award winners and keynote speakers, a dinner and an awards program.

Tables of 10 are available for purchase for $1000, or VIP tables for $1,250. Individual tickets are also available or $100 or $125 or VIP.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 859-255-0336 or visit the BSC website here.