Sports legend and local resident, Sam Wyche, has been selected as this month’s recipient of the “I Fan the Flame” award.
The award was created by the City of Pickens and the Pickens Revitalization Association (PRA) to honor selected individuals who have given back to the community and who strive to make Pickens a better place.
“I am sure that there is a long line of people more deserving than I am to receive this award. My wife and I have been in Pickens since 1999 and have wanted to get involved in different charitable organizations and have, but I am just one of dozens trying to make Pickens a better place to live,” said Wyche.
His wife, Jane, is a native of Pickens, a former cheerleader at Pickens High, and was selected as Miss Pickens in 1960.
He and his wife volunteer for such local organizations as Pendleton Place and Parenting Place.
Wyche holds degrees from both Furman University and the University of South Carolina and spent nearly three decades in the National Football League where he played and coached in several Super Bowls.
Along with Atlanta Braves third baseman, Chipper Jones, Wyche is a spokesperson for the Rally Foundation which helps to raise money for child cancer research.
He is a board member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the founder of the Pickens-Easley Food Fight Bowl for Meals on Wheels.
“It’s people like Sam whose investment into the community contribute to the overall feeling of unity. The award celebrates these contributions,” said Executive Director of the PRA, Kristen Henry.
Wyche is the seventh recipient of the award.