She’s no athlete, but that didn’t stop the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame from awarding Dolly Parton with the honor of 2020 Tennessean of the Year.
The legendary entertainer will be presented with the award at the Hall of Fame’s annual induction on Aug. 1, 2020 at the Omni Nashville Hotel.
According to a press release, The Tennessean of the Year honor “recognizes an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to society through sports or other methods, demonstrating strong character and high-profile leadership.” Previous recipients include former Vice President Albert Gore, Jr., 47th Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Gaylord Entertainment Company.
“This will come as a shock to most of you, but I’m not very athletic. Ha ha,” Parton quipped. “I just couldn’t find tennis shoes, cleats, or blades with five-inch heels, so I gave up and settled for music. Seriously, I have always been a proud Tennessee girl and have supported all our athletics through the years; so, of course, I’m thrilled to be honored by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.”
Parton is being recognized as the 2020 Tennessean of the Year for leaving a mark on the music industry and for her incredible philanthropic work in Tennessee and beyond. The 10-time Grammy winner will be honored alongside Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, who was named the Pro Athlete of the Year for 2020.