Lobetti Inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame

“Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them”

– Danielle Luedtke


Each one of us has a dream; a dream we want to make into a reality. It can be a wish to be successful in life, a goal to make a difference in the world, or a drive to touch the lives of others. May our dream be big or small, nothing is truly impossible if we set our hearts on it.

A man who dreams is a man with a mission. He is a man of passion and motivation, who wants to fulfill his wishes in life. He is a man who is strong and perseveres. Someone who would keep going towards his pursuits never minding the challenges that lie ahead of him.

Such a man is the great Bud Lobetti. He was a man who dreamt to be a great sports athlete and succeeded. He played basketball, football, and even track. His immense dedication to sports only proved that he was a successful athlete. Lobetti averaged 20 rebounds per game in basketball, played halfback, end and safety in football and was a one-man show in track.

Lobetti died of a heart attack last year shortly before his 71st birthday. He may be gone but his accomplishment in sports will always be remembered. He will be honored for his accomplishments on August 23, 2012 when he is inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. His daughter, Gina Collette will represent him at the induction.

For Lobetti, sports was his way of life. He lived to become a great sports athlete. His family, friends and fans remember him to be a man with immeasurable dedication in all areas of his life. His athleticism proves that a man can make his dream a reality if he puts his mind to it.

For some of us, we spend our lives wishing with closed eyes that our dreams will come true. For Lobetti, he kept his eyes open and made his dream happen.

You can read more about Lobetti’s induction to the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame at http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/jul/07/bud-lobetti-had-a-track-record-for-versatility/.


  1. Evelyn Latham Lingerfelt on August 7, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Thanks for doing this Ross.

  2. John. Blanc on August 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I am so glad to see him go into the Hall of Frame, he deserves this for all of his hard work and dedication to the sports he participated. I am also pleased with all the work you put into the Knoxville Heritage Ross, with out your hard work this would not be possible. “Thanks Ross”. Your Friend, John.Blanc

  3. Gina Lobetti Collette on August 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks, Ross! Hope to see you at the Induction Ceremony!

    • charles (tom) blanc on August 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

      I join my brother John in welcoming Lobetti`s induction into the Knoxville Hall of Fame. I remember Bud going back into elementary school.As Ross mentioned, Bud would have excelled in Base ball had he played that sport as well. I remember Bud as a well gifted player in what ever sport he attempted. A word of thanks to Ross for this website as well.

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