MB Mayor Rhodes cited by S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame

The South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame honored Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes with the Willie Jeffries Ambassador Award at Monday’s 53rd annual banquet and induction ceremony at the Columbia Metro Convention Center.

Rhodes was honored along with the new inductees of the SCAHoF Class of 2013 which include former baseball coach Ray Tanner and former baseball standout Hank Small from the University of South Carolina; Clemson’s retired Director of Athletics Bill McLellan, quarterback Homer Jordan and “Voice of the Tigers” Jim Phillips; Furman basketball star Clyde Mayes; The Citadel fullback Travis Jervey; and legendary Bamberg-Ehrhardt High baseball coach David Horton. Phillips and Small will be enshrined posthumously.

In addition to serving as the Mayor, Rhodes also is a leader in sports tourism development along South Carolina’s Grand Strand. As the executive director of the Beach Ball Classic, he has worked tirelessly to attract quality athletic events to the Palmetto State. The Beach Ball Classic has introduced the nation to some of the game’s superstar players and continues as one of the country’s premier tournaments.

Rhodes suffered a stroke during last year’s tournament and was transported to Charleston for surgery. He has fully recovered and remains active in his roles as an ambassador for the city and athletics. In December 2013, the tournament will celebrate its 33rd season.

In addition to his passion for athletics, Rhodes has a strong commitment to public service and was elected mayor of Myrtle Beach in 2005. In 2009, he was re-elected for a second term. He attended the University of South Carolina (Coastal Carolina), and has owned and operated various businesses within the Myrtle Beach hospitality industry.

He has served as general manager of a local major resort hotel and as assistant sales director for the Hilton Myrtle Beach. Prior to his election as mayor, he served on the Board of Directors of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel Corporation and, before the 1993 expansion, served on the Convention Center Advisory Board. He is also an active board member of the S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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