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Tue, May 02, 2017 - [MMC]
RedHawks to Honor Chuck Meriwether at BBQ Hill on May 19

PULASKI, Tenn. – The Martin Methodist College Athletic Department is excited to announce its second annual S.O.A.R. Award Presentation, which will be held at the world-famous "BBQ Hill" in Lynchburg, Tennessee on Friday, May 19.

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The S.O.A.R. award is an honor to be presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated persistence in his or her profession, pursuits of ideals, and passion for excellence. This award is dedicated to persons of all walks of life in their pursuits who are alumnus or friends of Martin Methodist College.

Chuck Meriwether graduated from Martin Methodist College in 1976 and first umpired in the minor leagues in 1979, reaching the American Association in 1986 before continuing up to the American League in 1988. After working in the American League (AL) from 1988 to 1999, Meriwether umpired in both leagues from 2000 to 2009 and currently serves as MLB's Supervisor of Umpires. 

Meriwether officiated in the 2004 and 2007 World Series, and in the 1996 and 2002 All-Star Games. Meriwether also umpired in the 2003 National League Championship Series and 2006 American League Championship Series, and in eight Division Series from 1998-2009. 

Meriwether notably was also the third base umpire for David Cone's perfect game on July 18, 1999. Most recently, he was the second base umpire for Mark Buehrle's perfect game on July 23, 2009.

Upon joining the league's staff, Meriwether became only the fifth African American umpire in Major League Baseball.

Born and raised in Nashville, Meriwether was honored by the minor league Nashville Sounds for his dedication to the game of baseball. The Sounds officially dedicated their umpires dressing room after Meriwether during a ceremony at First Tennessee Park last May.

Meriwether also helped christen the RedHawk Baseball Facility at Martin Methodist's East Campus during the ballpark's dedication ceremony in the spring of 2013.

The May 19 event will feature dinner, live entertainment, social interaction as well as a live auction with a number of high-profile sports memorabilia and other items to be sold.

This year's live entertainment will be none other than the Jack Daniel's House Band – Kasey Oliver and friends.

All proceeds for the event will directly benefit the Martin Methodist Student-Athlete Enhancement Department and its S.O.A.R. (Success Over and Above the Rest) program. Specifically, the event's proceeds will be earmarked for the S.O.A.R. program's Senior Success Series – a collection of hands-on, educational seminars provided exclusively for RedHawk senior student-athletes to help prepare for the challenges of life upon the conclusion of their tenure at Martin Methodist.

In addition to the auction and live entertainment, guests will be able to enjoy the breathtaking views from atop the world-famous BBQ Hill, which serves as one of the most exclusive venues in the entire southeast.

Tickets to the event, which runs 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. are on sale now for $75. Eight-person tables will also be available for purchase at a price of $600. All guests must be 21 and over. Gates for the event open at 5:30 p.m. with shuttles running to the top of BBQ Hill every 15 minutes from the Visitors Center Parking. Guests are requested to please arrive before 7 p.m.

For more information on the event or for ticket requests, please contact Martin Methodist Executive Director of Athletics, Jeff Bain, at (931)-363-9872. Limited seating for the event is available.

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