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Lufkin Pro Day group set to honor two outstanding athletes and a beloved Lufkin coach

Rex Hadnot Rex Hadnot
Buddy Lowery Buddy Lowery
John Outlaw John Outlaw

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The time has come to honor three outstanding citizens who have made significant sports contributions to East Texas. 

This is the third year for Lufkin Pro Day and organizers hope they will have their biggest turn out yet.

Lufkin Pro Day started three years ago as several local citizens came together to organize a banquet that honors graduates from Angelina County schools who have gone on to distinguish themselves in the professional ranks.

The honorees this year are Rex Hadnot who is an eight year NFL veteran.  Hadnot is a graduate of Lufkin High School.  He attended the University of Houston and now plays professional football for the San Diego Chargers.

"Rex Hadnot is very well known in the community.  He always comes back each year to host a free football camp for our youth," said Barbara Thompson, Lufkin Pro Day organizer.

Elvin "Buddy Lowery is a graduate of Huntington High School who attended Stephen F. Austin State University and went on to play professional basketball for the Detroit Pistons.  "Of course, Buddy played several seasons with the Detroit Pistons.  He lives in Huntington and is well respected in the community," said Thompson.

The late Coach John Outlaw, whom many consider to be the epitome of Lufkin athletics, is being recognized for his passion for the game and his love for his players.  "We all know him.  He's one of our beloved coaches.  We lost him last year to heart disease.  Each one of these men have made lasting impressions on our communities," said Thompson. 

Outlaw helped launch many college and professional careers. 

"They're a part of our community and that's the way we are in Angelina County.  We are very supportive of each other and these people for whatever reason they started from high school and a humble beginning and they went on to become professionals in their own rights and this is something that we want to show to our young children and to their loved ones and the people all around Angelina County," said Thompson.

Hadnot, Lowery, Outlaw, a banquet in their honor will be held June 22.

"Our long range plans are to get to a point where we can have golf tournaments to bring in more revenue because this is the only event we have as a fundraiser so far, so we can give back scholarships to the children in high school who graduate from our Angelina County schools and also we would like to have a museum because this memorabilia that we're collecting from each one of the athletes we want a museum so we can display their pictures and their memorabilia and it be a part of our community," said Thompson.

Advance tickets are $25 and tickets are $30 at the door.  If the past two banquets are any indication, this one will also be sold out. 

Organizers are encouraging you to purchase your tickets early.  This year's banquet will be June 22 at 7 p.m. in the youth worship center of Lufkin's First United Methodist Church, 805 E. Denman Avenue. For more information, call 936-633-0205.

Lufkin Pro Day organizers are also taking nominations for next year.  If you would like to submit a nomination go to

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