The Greenville Drive on July 19 introduced Mayor Knox White as the honoree for the team’s annual Green Day celebration on Aug. 4 at Fluor Field.

The honor goes to someone who has helped make Greenville a more electric and dynamic place, according to the announcement.

“Knox White was born in Greenville, grew up in Greenville and transformed Greenville into one of the world’s most admired, awarded and livable cities,” said Greenville Drive owner and president Craig Brown. “We can’t think of a more deserving person for this year’s Green Day honoree than Mayor White. His vision and leadership have propelled us forward and positioned our great city for even greater future success.”

White’s leadership is credited with spurring the creation of Falls Park and the Liberty Bridge, the development along the Reedy River, Unity Park, the Swamp Rabbit Trail and Fluor Field.

The Drive’s previous Green Day honorees include:

  • Mayor Max Heller and his wife, Trudy
  • Greenville City Councilwoman Lillian Brock Flemming
  • Greenville County Councilwoman Xanthene Norris
  • Former Greenville Technical College president Tom Barton
  • Businessman and philanthropist C. Dan Joyner
  • Civic leader, judge and attorney Merl Code
  • Former S.C. Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley
  • South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities founder Virginia Uldrick
  • Environmentalist and attorney Tommy Wyche
  • Philanthropists Hayne and Anna Kate Hipp
  • Centennial American Properties CEO David Glenn
  • Erwin Penland co-founder Joe Erwin
  • Hughes Development Corporation chairman Bob Hughes
  • Spinx chairman Stewart Spinks
  • Southernside Neighborhood president Mary Duckett

In honor of Green Day and Greenville’s birthday celebration, Drive players will wear green uniforms and caps and fans are encouraged to create a “green out” by wearing green, too.

The game will start at 7:05 p.m. and the first 2,000 fans through the stadium gates will receive a commemorative Green Day t-shirt or superhero cape.

Fireworks will follow the game.

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