Phi Delta Theta has a very proud history in the world of sports. Be it amateur, collegiate, or professional athletics, many Phis have made an impact as players, coaches, managers, and fans alike. For this reason, the Phi Delta Theta Sports Hall of Fame was created in 2010. In order to be enshrined in the Phi Delta Theta Sports Hall of Fame, an alumnus must have, have 1) had an impact on the world of sports and 2) exhibited the Fraternity’s Cardinal Principles along the way. Past inductees include a who’s who of sports, including greats like Lou Gehrig and Tom Harmon.
During the 84th Biennial Convention, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity inducted Kenny Selmon into the Phi Delta Theta Sports Hall of Fame.
Kenny Selmon was born and raised in Mableton, Georgia, and attended school at Pace Academy. He played every sport growing up, but it was track and field where he excelled most. In 2014, Kenny made his first USA team, where he competed in the 400-meter hurdles in Donetsk, Ukraine. Following his initial success on the international stage, Kenny would go on to win five state championships, three All-American honors, and one national title before starting school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill).
At UNC-Chapel Hill, Kenny majored in business administration at the Kenan-Flagler Business School and joined both the track and field team and the North Carolina Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta. He won six ACC Championships, received five All-American Honors, won a USA National title, and received the UNC Patterson Medal. He is the current 400-meter record holder at UNC-Chapel Hill. Upon graduation, Kenny went pro in track and field and was sponsored by Spyder Korea for two and a half years. In 2021, he made the Tokyo Olympic Team where he placed ninth. During his professional track and field career, Kenny created an application called Stoke with his best friend and fellow Phi Delt, Carter Draughon. Stoke is a social network centered around live chat rooms for sporting events. The app has ten thousand users, and the duo initiated its first round of fundraising in March 2023. Kenny currently lives in New York City where he also works in fitness for Barry’s.
“Phi Delt was an integral part of my UNC experience. Phi Delt provided me with a welcoming, intelligent, and empowering community outside of my chaotic athletic career that consumed so much of my life. The Phi Delt brothers were not only massive pieces of my support foundation during school, but they have been lifelines of support during all of my athletic endeavors and beyond. These are a few of the reasons why I agreed to serve on the North Carolina Beta Chapter Advisory Board as we work towards our on-campus goals in the coming years.”