Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee - 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee
Tim Irwin was an active member of the Boys Clubs of Knoxville from 1966 – 1973. Tim’s parents worked and the Club provided him and his two brothers with an opportunity to engage in constructive after-school activities. Today, Tim is a passionate advocate for children, not only on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley but the entire community.
Tim epitomizes the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs. He has played a vital role in ensuring and sustaining the growth of the organization that he was a member of as a child.
After an outstanding football career at Central High School, Tim played on the offensive line for the University of Tennessee. Upon graduating from Tennesssee, with honors, Tim was drafted into the National Football League, where he began his 14 year career in 1981. As he pursued a successful career in the NFL, Tim also earned a law degree. In 1990, he was admitted to the Tennessee Bar. He ultimately opened his own law office where he practiced in the field of criminal defense, juvenile justice, personal injury and sports law. In 2005, he was appointed to the position of Knox County Juvenile Court Judge and was officially elected to the position in August 2006. He not only influences the lives of delinquent youth but also bears the responsibility of protecting the public from criminal behavior.
Tim’s love for Boys & Girls Clubs, which he knows from experience, can positively shape the lives of the children who attend, led him to found the Food City Tim Irwin Bass Tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. Over the course of tournament’s 28 years, the event has raised over $1,000,000. Tim has also been involved in other fundraising efforts including the Phillip Fulmer Golf Classic and the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, of which he is a past chairman.
Tim’s service to the Boys & Girls Club goes beyond events. As chairman of the property committee, Tim oversaw the construction of the 20,000 sq. ft. Haslam Family Club University on the Larry A. Fleming Campus. Tim was instrumental in the development of the great relationship between Boys & Girls Clubs and both the Knox County Juvenile Court and the Richard L. Bean Detention Center. The Richard L. Bean Boys & Girls Club, which opened in 2004, is one of only three of its kind in the country.
Tim has also been instrumental in the Our Kids, Our Future project to build a 54,000 square foot multipurpose complex which features the Tim Irwin Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Tim has been a member of the corporate board in Knoxville since 1995 and is former chairman of the board, as well as both the property and board development committees. He is a board member and former President of the NFLPA Retired Players, a member of the Knoxville Chapter of the National Football League Retired Players Association, past President of the University of Tennessee Letterman’s Association and a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.
His insightful leadership skills strengthen our organization, empower our board members and set the path to a great future for the over 7,900 youth and teens served by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. Tim lives in Knoxville with his wife, Sharon. They have three children, Mallory, Conor and Logan.