ABE LEMONS AWARD
Presented to members of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Executive Council in recognition of their utmost dedication to the State of Oklahoma and the mission of this organization. Their enthusiasm, loyalty, leadership and reliability represent the highest values of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. This award is named in honor of the legendary Oklahoma basketball coach and humorist, Abe Lemons. Lemons was a man who was always there when needed.
GEORGE NIGH OKLAHOMA APPRECIATION AWARD
Presented to a leader in Oklahoma who has shown exceptional leadership and extraordinary support of the mission and goals of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, as well as, to the State of Oklahoma through extensive community service and involvement. This award is named in honor of The Honorable George Nigh, who served as 17th and 22nd Governor of the State of Oklahoma, and during his second team as the 22nd governor, announced the first formation of the Jim Thorpe Award. Nigh is a vehement supporter of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, and was instrumental in securing the return of Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals to Oklahoma.