Power to -- and of -- the Tigers was the focus as members of the Shelby County Delegation saluted head coach Penny Hardaway and the team that netted the 2021 National Invitational Tournament title. (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises)

A luncheon at the Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center on the University of Memphis’ Park Avenue campus was the setting for a special recognition of the University of Memphis Tigers by members of the Shelby County Legislative Delegation last Friday (June 4).

The Tigers were presented with House Joint Resolution No. 376, a measure commemorating their achievements during the 2020-21 season, which was capped by the 2021 National Invitation Tournament championship.

“The work that the team is doing, in combination with Coach Penny Hardaway, is absolutely amazing, and we want to recognize the impact they have on the community,” said State Rep. London Lamar, chair of the Shelby County delegation.

“This school is producing the best and the brightest, and the impact is about more than just sports. It’s about pride in the City of Memphis, and this team is showing the grit that comes with being a Memphis Tiger.”

Last month, The Shelby County Board of Commissioners embraced a resolution acknowledging the Tigers’ NIT championship and presented it along with a key to the county.

GALLERY: Photos by Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises