2017 Gwinnett Sports Hall of Fame class recalls inspiration, county history

Like a lot of previous induction classes from the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame, the five-person Class of 2017 spanned a vast range of generations and backgrounds.

From the athletic and coaching career of Jack Britt in the the post-World War II years to Tony Akins’ basketball career in the late 1990s to the more recent heydays of Courtney Puckett-Oros, Chad Hall and Kyle Maynard, Friday night’s induction ceremony — hosted by South Gwinnett grad and Fox 5 Atlanta TV personality Buck Lanford with Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn as the keynote speaker — for this year’s class was in some ways a Gwinnett County history lesson.