Eldon native and U.S. Olympian named among the class of 2018

Mike Garrett, the 1965 Heisman Trophy winning running back who played on the Kansas City Chiefs’ two Super Bowl teams, will headline the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Ceremonies of 2018 presented by Killian Construction, set for Sunday, January 28 in Springfield.

President & Executive Director Jerald Andrews announced Tuesday the Class of 2018, in which the Hall of Fame will induct 15 individuals, a sports broadcasting company, a high school football program and a parks and recreation department. The John Q. Hammons Founders Award will be bestowed on Springfield-based Independent Printing, while Rick Todd of the Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation will receive the President’s Award.

Festivities begin with an 11 a.m. reception presented by Meek’s The Builder’s Choice at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, 3861 E. Stan Musial Drive in Springfield. The remainder of events will be held at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in downtown Springfield, with a 4 p.m. reception followed by the 5 p.m. dinner and ceremony.

Sponsorship tables of 10 are $1,500 and include an autographed poster (a rendering by renowned artist Dayne Dudley), recognition in the printed program and at the table. Individual tickets are $150. Numerous opportunities are available, including congratulatory ads, trading cards and 20-month calendars. Call the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame at 417-889-3100.

Christian Cantwell

Eldon High School, University of Missouri, U.S. Olympian

A 1999 Eldon High School graduate who went on to the University of Missouri, Cantwell is a world champion shot putter. He won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and finished fourth at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In other international competition, Cantwell also won a gold at the 2009 World Outdoor Championships and is a three-time World Indoor champion. Additionally, he has won seven championships (four in outdoor, three in indoor) in the USA Track & Field Championships. Previously, Cantwell was a seven-time NCAA All-American at Mizzou and a five-time winner of the Big 12 Championships, winning four shot put titles and one weight throw championship. He also holds school records in the indoor and outdoor shot put.