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Penny Hardaway named 2019 Communicator of the Year by Memphis chapter of Public Relations Society of America

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Penny Hardaway isn’t only making waves on University of Memphis’ basketball court. He’s also making a diff...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Penny Hardaway isn’t only making waves on University of Memphis’ basketball court. He’s also making a difference in how he presents his hometown.

Thursday, the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society ofAmerica selected the former NBA star as its communicator of the year for 2019.

Hardaway has used his communication skills to support the city: fromkeeping Memphis clean, to welcoming passengers into Memphis InternationalAirport, to King Cotton’s Sausage.

He couldn’t be at the event celebrating him because of hisschedule, but U of M Athletic Director Laird Veatch stepped in on his behalf.

“We chose Coach Penny Hardaway because he’s beensuch a great role model for young people in this city. He’s also revived thisprogram, this basketball program that’s a storied program that has reallycaptured the attention again of the Memphis public,” said Peggy Reisser, 2019Awards Chairman, PRSA Memphis.

This is the 43rd year that the organization has chosena communicator of the year, including Local 24 News’ very own political analystOtis Sanford last year.