Godfrey Dillard Honored At The Southeastern Conference Championships
“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award and to be able to celebrate together with the others joining me today” Dillard said of the award. “I treasure these life-long lessons and the profound impact they had on my life and am thankful for those who came after me.”
“These men are important leaders in the history of the SEC and each is deserving of this honor,” Sankey said. “Each contributed change that blossomed today into thousands of opportunities in every SEC sport and in the academic programs of our universities. Those who endured in the early moments of change serve as reminders of our mutual responsibility to support opportunities for today’s young people, make certain we foster their education and graduation and bring together our communities through our universities and athletics programs.”
The Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award is presented on special occasions to former student-athletes, coaches, graduates or administrators of SEC institutions or the conference office who have maintained a lifetime of interest in college athletics and who, over a significant period of time, have exhibited superior leadership qualities and made a significant impact to the betterment of the mission of the Southeastern Conference. The six winners collectively embody the goal of this unique award. The Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award is named for Mike Slive, commissioner of the SEC from 2002-14. Slive was named the first winner of the award upon his retirement in 2014 and the award was subsequently named in his honor.