Sports have been good to Gray Broughton.
As a Collegiate student, he won the Times-Dispatch-Sports Backers Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1994, and then headed for Davidson College on a Sports Backers scholarship, where he played football and wrestled.
After getting his law degree from Washington and Lee University, he served on active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, spending time in Iraq where he was awarded the Bronze Star during Operation Iraqi Freedom — "nothing heroic," he quickly says.
Since returning home, where he works as a white-collar criminal defense lawyer for Williams Mullen, he's been heavily involved in the President's Council of Sports Backers, chairing the athlete awards dinner held at the Jefferson Hotel every June.
He also started Shake & Bake Sports, which creates and manages local sporting events. It's teaming up with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery for the Hardywood Twilight 4 Miler on April 25, featuring live music at the brewery after the running event.
"We want to create a series of events where there is a low barrier to entry," Broughton says. "So people who are otherwise intimidated by races will come out."
Broughton also owns two Jimmy John's sandwich shops in Richmond, with a third coming to Shockoe Slip in early 2013. He employs about 60 mostly younger individuals, many in college.
So he feeds locals bread, then runs them until they're thirsty for a Hardywood Singel. Hmmm, why didn't we think of that?