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The Texas Program in Sports and Media (TPSM) will host the inaugural awards dinner for the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting at 6:30 pm on October 13, 2017 at The Pecan Room in Dallas. A VIP reception will precede the dinner at 5 pm. Mr. Jenkins will attend the event and present the medal to the two inaugural winners. The dinner is fully subscribed, but we’re keeping a wait list for possible seat purchases. Email sportsandmedia@utexas.edu to be included.

The Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting includes two awards, one for best sportswriting of the previous year and another for career achievement in sportswriting. Winners of both awards will be announced and presented at the dinner. A jury of distinguished sportswriters, co-chaired by Dan’s daughter Sally Jenkins and author Michael MacCambridge, voted on the winners. Earlier this spring, the jury announced 13 writers on the short list for the best sportswriting of the previous year..

In addition to the presentation of the inaugural Jenkins Medals, the evening will also include the debut of a short film on Mr. Jenkins’ career.

 

Awards dinner honorary co-chairs

A committee of noted athletes, sports business professionals and Dallas/Fort Worth luminaries is supporting the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting reception and dinner, signalling their admiration and respect to Mr. Jenkins’ contributions to sportswriting and American culture.

  • Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys
  • Stephen Jones, Dallas Cowboys
  • Roger Staubach, Super Bowl champion
  • Tom Hicks, formerly Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars
  • Jim Moroney III, Dallas Morning News
  • Wes Turner, formerly Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Jerry Tarde, Golf Digest
  • Hunter Enis, Texas Christian University
  • Ben Crenshaw, PGA champion
  • Tom Kite, PGA champion
  • Kathy Whitworth, LPGA champion
  • Scotty Sayers, Coore and Crenshaw Associates
  • Lance Barrow, CBS Sports
  • Brian Jones, CBS Sports
  • Jay Bernhardt, UT-Austin
  • Mike Perrin, UT-Austin
  • Chris Plonsky, UT-Austin
  • Mack Brown, UT-Austin
  • Edith Royal, UT-Austin

UT-Austin alums Dr. Lee Anderson and Cappy McGarr are serving as hosts for the evening. The reception and dinner for the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting will be held at 6:30 pm on October 13 in Dallas at the Pecan Room in Old Parkland Hospital. A VIP reception will precede the dinner at 5 pm. The dinner is fully subscribed, but we’re keeping a wait list for possible seat purchases. Email sportsandmedia@utexas.edu to be included.

The jury for the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting includes:

  • Sally Jenkins, Washington Post
  • Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman
  • Chuck Culpepper, Washington Post
  • Gerald Early Washington University
  • Melanie Hauser, Houston-based author and sportswriter
  • Joe Posnanski, MLB.com
  • John Walsh, formerly ESPN
  • Gene Wojciechowski, ESPN
  • Michael MacCambridge, Austin-based author
  • Karen Crouse, The New York Times
  • Bryan Curtis, TheRinger.com
  • Vahe Gregorian, Kansas City Star
  • Kathleen McElroy, UT-Austin
  • Steve Rushin, Sports Illustrated
  • Seth Wickersham, ESPN The Magazine
  • Alexander Wolff, Sports Illustrated

Mr. Jenkins will present the winners’ medals for both awards at the dinner.

Awards updates

Inaugural nominees: the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting

The Moody College of Communication’s Texas Program in Sports and Media (TPSM) has announced the 2017 nominees for the inaugural Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting. The Jenkins Medal is named in honor of the legendary Dan Jenkins, award-winning sportswriter, best-selling author and iconoclast Texan. The Jenkins Medal will be awarded for the first …

Announcing the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportwriting

The Moody College of Communication’s Texas Program in Sports and Media (TPSM) is honored to announce the creation of the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting. The Jenkins Medal is named in honor of the legendary Dan Jenkins, award-winning sportswriter, best-selling author and iconoclast Texan. The Jenkins Medal will be awarded for the first …

His Ownself

DAN JENKINS is an award-winning sportswriter and best-selling novelist whose career spans more than six decades. To date, he is the author of 23 books—12 novels and 11 works of non-fiction. After 15 years of writing for newspapers in Fort Worth and Dallas, Jenkins became nationally known for his stories in Sports Illustrated for more than a quarter of a century, and afterward for his five-year stint of writing a sports column for Playboy, and since then for his columns, features, and tweets in Golf Digest. Three of his best-selling novels—Semi-Tough, Dead Solid Perfect, and Baja Oklahoma—have been made into movies. He is one of only three sportswriters to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the  Texas Golf Hall of Fame, and the TCU Lettermens Hall of Fame. For a lifetime of excellence in his profession, Jenkins has received the Red Smith Award from the Associated Press Sports Editors Association, the Ring Lardner Award from the Union League of Chicago, the PEN/ESPN Award for literary sports writing, the lifetime achievement award in sports journalism from the PGA of America, the William D. Richardson Award for outstanding contributions to the game from the Golf Writers Association of America, the Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the Lincoln A. Werden Memorial Award from the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association for a lifetime of contributions to golf journalism, and the Amateur Football Award from the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. But Jenkins says he is proudest of the fact that he has managed to stay employed by one publication or another throughout his long career.

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The Texas Program in Sports and Media serves UT-Austin’s Moody College of Communication in areas of research, curriculum and programming on issues of sports, media and society. For more information, please visit www.sportsandmedia.org.