University of Tennessee Vol Network lead announcer Bob Kesling received a prominent national award from the Tennessee Area Council of Boys & Girls Club of America at its annual meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee. Kesling was awarded one of the highest honors that an individual volunteer can receive from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Man & Youth Award. This award honors the exceptional passion that Kesling displays for the Boys & Girls Club movement with particular emphasis on Clubs in the state of Tennessee.
Kesling is very active in the Knoxville community and he and his wife Tami are parents of two daughters, Allison and Melissa. We all know Kesling as the Voice of the Volunteers, but for the youth at Boys & Girls Clubs across the state of Tennessee; they know him as a true Volunteer. Kesling was presented with the prestigious Man & Youth award during the Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame Dinner for his continued dedication and support to the Boys & Girls Club movement across the state of Tennessee. He has rendered exceptional service of passionately promoting the principles of the Boys & Girls Club movement to other board members, organizations and to the general public. He has served as a leader in interpreting and promoting Boys & Girls Club programs to others and has rendered professional and consultative support to Clubs across the state. His involvement has demonstrated passion and commitment to Tennessee’s youth.
Kesling has been a big part of the Boys & Girls Club movement throughout the state often being the guest speaker at various clubs’ events; however, his most notable work is in Greeneville and Knoxville where he has helped with dinners, golf tournaments, and various other activities. In Knoxville, Kesling has served as the master of ceremonies for the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame event and is a past chairman of the event’s board. He is a past chairman for the Knox County United Way’s fundraising campaign and is also involved with many other Knox County organizations. He has spoken at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state and for the Tennessee State Clubs annual dinner. Most notably, Kesling has been a tremendous aide to the activities of the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County. When asked over a decade ago if the Club could put his name on their annual Golf Classic by Bullington and board member, Steve Mears (son of legendary University of Tennessee Basketball Coach Ray Mears) to help raise interest in their local event, Kesling agreed, but stated that he did not want to be just a name, he wanted to help with the entire event, and help he did. Kesling has driven to Greeneville dozens of times over the last several years to promote and organize the event and has never missed a golf committee meeting. “Bob helps in all aspects for the golf event from start to finish and has been a driving force behind its tremendous success,” stated Scott Bullington, executive Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County. With Kesling’s support, the local tournament fields a group of golfers and celebrities each year. Many of those celebrities are former Volunteers greats such as Condredge Holloway, Eddie Brown, Dale Ellis, Reggie Johnson, Bobby Majors, Larry Seivers, Johnny Majors, Bobby Scott, Dewey Warren, Dane Bradshaw, John Ward and the list goes on. The Bob Kesling Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Golf Classic is one of the biggest tournaments in our region each year and has raised well over a half million for the Club’s programs and activities. “His association with the Boys & Girls Club has been priceless and he is a true “Volunteer” not only in his orange and white but, in the eyes of a child,” added Bullington.
Kesling is the Director of Broadcasting at the University of Tennessee and has been the lead announcer of the Vol Network since the fall of 1999. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Tennessee football and basketball on the Vol Network and also hosts “The Butch Jones Show” and the “The Rick Barnes Show” for the Vol Network television distribution. On Monday nights, he is the host of “Vol Calls” the weekly radio call-in show on the Vol Network. In addition to his on the air work for the Vol Network, he represents the University of Tennessee at various events and functions throughout the southeast and the nation. In his role as Director of Broadcasting, Kesling oversees production of radio and television programming for the University. He also works with UT student-athletes to help them develop communications and public relations skills. Kesling wears many hats in his work with the University of Tennessee, but he seems to be making quite an impact of the youth of Tennessee by being a true Tennessee Volunteer.
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