PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- Oscars and Emmys are a dime a dozen compared to the unique honor being bestowed upon Patrick Dempsey in his home state of Maine.

His name stood out on the list released Thursday of new inductees into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.

Dempsey is known more widely for his acting than his athletics. The TV series "Grey's Anatomy" gave him his biggest exposure. And some of his most popular movies include "Enchanted," "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

Patrick Dempsey serves as the ringleader for both participants and the many onlookers cheering them on at the Dempsey Challenge
Patrick Dempsey serves as the ringleader for both participants and the many onlookers cheering them on at the Dempsey Challenge

Dempsey grew up outside of Lewiston and maintains a connection to the area that is rooted partially in sports. He founded the Dempsey Challenge in 2009 as a fundraiser for cancer services. The Challenge links charitable contributions to a series of bicycle rides and runs through Lewiston and surrounding communities.

Dempsey is also an avid race car driver, an interest that was nurtured during his formative years in Maine by visits to nearby Oxford Plains Speedway.

Twelve other accomplished athletes will join Dempsey when the Hall of Fame holds its induction ceremony on June 3 at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono. Scroll below to see the new class:

  • Jason Bartlett, harness racing
  • Dana Bullen, skiing executive
  • Reagan Carey, hockey
  • Dewey Dewitt, broadcasting
  • Tammy Jacques, cycling
  • Bob McAllister, basketball
  • Dick Meader, basketball coach
  • Anita Murphy, tennis coach
  • Carl Nelson, sports medicine
  • Leroy Patterson, football/baseball/basketball
  • Bobby Wilder, football/basketball
  • Kristen Kenoyer Woodland, gymnastics