May 2, 2011
A UT athletic tradition continued Monday night with the fifth annual Volscars awards show. It was a night of glitz and glam as the Lady Vols and Vols traded in their uniforms for formal attire and headed to the Knoxville Convention Center to strut down the orange carpet.
The ESPY-like ceremony is organized by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Its purpose is to acknowledge the various accomplishments made by student-athletes and coaches from spring 2010 to now.
This year's host was former Tennessee football player Charles Davis. He graduated from UT in 1986 and currently works as an analyst with Fox Sports and the NFL network. Davis was delighted to be the host.
"I've had the opportunity to call three national championship games, but I think tonight is the highlight of my career because it involves me being back home with my alma mater," Davis said.
The night not only included awards, but also offered some entertainment. Student-athletes and coaches participated in competitions on stage and were also featured in video clips. One of the crowd's favorite videos was a parody of UT football coach Derek Dooley's weekly press conferences.
A special segment of the show was dedicated to Tennessee assistant swimming coach Joe Hendee, who lost a nearly year-long battle with brain cancer Sunday morning. A few speakers shared the tremendous impact Hendee had on their lives. His daughter thanked everyone for their support and said she looks forward to continuing the legacy her father has made.
Leaving their studies behind for a night to unite and honor one another, the athletes left Volscars with awards as well as an important lesson: never take life for granted.