Lee University senior pitcher Jeremy Bales is the recipient of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Jeff Byrd Memorial Scholarship.
Since early childhood, the Chattanooga native says he has known his calling in life would be in the field of sports. He is well on his way toward earning a degree in physical education with religion and coaching minors. He is also a solid member of the Flames' pitching staff.
Bales grew up under the leadership of a single mother, graduated 16th in his high school class and was considered an outstanding leader among his peers.
He was honored with the Teaching Academy Award for his success in student teaching in area elementary and middle schools. During his junior year at Lee he was asked by school administration to give a speech for the annual Junior Achievement Banquet.
In December 2012, Bales went on a mission trip with the Lee baseball team and has been involved in World Missions and other orphanage endeavors through his church, Redemption Point Church of God.
The newly created Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Jeff Byrd Memorial Scholarship is awarded bi-annually to a Tennessee college junior or senior who displays character, leadership and integrity in sports, the classroom and the community.
The scholarship is presented to a student who wishes to follow in Jeff Byrd's footsteps with an interest in sports journalism and/or sports management.
Byrd was know not only as a successful businessman, but also as a great husband, father and community leader. He loved to give back to the people of his adopted home of East Tennessee.
Through the love and support of his East Tennessee friends and others throughout the state, the scholarship was established as a lasting tribute for his many contributions.