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Alumni Hall of Fame Honors Judge Tim Irwin

Tim Irwin will be inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame on Thursday, May 14, 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia. Judge Irwin has been an outstanding alumnus, volunteer and Boys & Girls Club supporter and is truly worthy of the recognition! The Class of 2009 will include Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, actor/singer Usher, Radio-One founder/CEO Cathy Hughes and Golfsmith CEO Martin Hanaka. Actor Courtney B. Vance, a 2006 Alumni Hall of Fame inductee, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Tim was a member of the Boys Club of Knoxville from 1966 to 1973 and was actively involved at the Caswell Club, now the Haslam Family Club University on the Larry A. Fleming Campus.  Tim excelled in sports and participated in the Club’s Junior Pro basketball program.  Recently, Tim has been instrumental in the revitalization of a basketball program in the Boys & Girls Clubs.  He attended Central High School in Knoxville where he was a decorated athlete and went on to the University of Tennessee to play on the offensive line for the Volunteers.  Upon graduating from UT, Tim was drafted into the NFL, where he began his 14 year pro football career in 1981.  Tim played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins and was then with the Minnesota Vikings for twelve years.  As he pursued a successful career in the NFL, Tim also earned a law degree, and in 1990, he was admitted to the Tennessee Bar.  In 2000, Tim opened his own law office in Knoxville where he practiced in the field of criminal defense, juvenile justice, personal injury and sports law.  In 2005, he was appointed Knox County Juvenile Court Judge and continues to serve in this capacity. 

Tim Irwin

Tim and his wife Sharon have three children, Mallory, Conor and Logan.  He has been a member of the corporate board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley since 1995 and also serves on the boards of the Knoxville Chapter of the National Football League Retired Players Association and the University of Tennessee Letterman’s Association.  Tim founded the Food City Tim Irwin Bass Tournament to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs, and since 1990 the event has generated over $530,000.  The 2009 event is scheduled for Saturday, May 2.  Tim has also been involved in other events including the Phillip Fulmer Golf Classic, formerly the D.D. Lewis Celebrity Golf Tournament, and the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, of which he is also a member.
Tim’s generosity, his passion, and his genuine concern for others has changed lives, provided opportunities to our youth and given children hope.  Tim says, "I can think of no better investment in our future than a gift of time or resources to the Boys & Girls Club."



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