- Hall of Fame Weekend
2013-2014 Calendar of Events
Galloping to Greatness: Horses in Art
On Display in the Riddle Sports Gallery
January 11 - March 30, 2014
Opening Reception: January 11
Horses have been racing across the landscape for more than 50 million years. But once horses and humans encountered each other, our two species became powerfully linked. As we have shaped horses to suit our needs on battlefields, farms, and elsewhere, these animals have shaped human history. They have captured our imagination and hearts.
One of the earliest images we have of horses was found on the ancient cavern walls at Lascaux, France. These cave paintings were made in the Paleolithic Period over 17,000 years ago. This group exhibition takes a modern look at how contemporary artists interpret horses and their roles in society. Artists on display include Lynn Blount, Grayson Huffman, Debby Thomas and Ken Wright.
Sports Card & Memorabilia Show
January 25, 2014: 10am-4pm
Our next Sports Card & Memorabilia Show will be January 25 and will feature an autograph guest (to be announced very soon!). Admission into the show is just $2 and includes downstairs admission into the Museum. For updates about the event, please visit our Facebook page and click on the events tab. For vendor information, please contact Corry Gross at email@example.com or 757-393-8031 ext. 14
January 29, 2014: 10am-2pm
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is teaming up with the Children’s Museum of Virginia for Homeschool Day! Home schooled families are welcome to visit both museums as they host a variety of educational activities for children of all ages, including interactive classroom time. Admission is just $9 for both museums.
On Display January and February 2014
Rotating Exhibit - Virginians in the Spotlight
Featuring: Student Athletes
16 of the best student-athletes in the Commonwealth were invited to a banquet at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum on December 1. The four Student Athletes of the Year will be on display in this rotating exhibit. These students were chosen based on the athletic achievements, academic achievements and their community involvement. Thank you to our sponsors Cox Communications, Roger Brown's Restaurant, Wheelabrator Technologies, Riesbeck Contracting, and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum Education Foundation for hosting this great event. For information on the winners and finalists, click the "News" tab.
Sports Photography Exhibition
Riddle Sports Gallery
On Display Until December 29
Calling all amateur and professional sports photographers! How would you like your work to be on display at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum? We are excited to announce our Community Photography Contest & Exhibition at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Photographers are invited to submit work for display that expresses the spirit of sport. Prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place by a panel of professional judges. To vote for the Facebook Favorite click here.
On Display until December 31
Rotating Exhibit - Virginians in the Spotlight
Featuring: On the Sidelines: Virginia Coaches
What separates a great coach from the rest and how do you find a great coach? Coaches make an enormous difference in the development of their players at any level. Experienced players, new players, and parents all have the opportunity to utilize their talents and experiences in many different ways to help new teams get started and elevate existing programs to the next level. The coaches that give their days, evenings and weekends to support and develop players, teams and the game do so for the love of the sport, the community and the thrill of competition. The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum has inducted some of the best coaches in Virginia including Terry Holland, Laura Mapp, Frank Moseley, William Price, Warren Rutledge, Bob Thalman, Gracie VanDyck, and Paul Webb. See this rotating exhibit at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.
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Inductee News: In Memory of Joe Palumbo
Joe Palumbo, considered one of the greatest defensive guard to wear a University of Virginia Cavaliers uniform, died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 84. During Palumbo’s three varsity years, Virginia won 23 and lost only five games. A native of Beaver, PA, Palumbo graduated from Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1952. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers but entered the U.S. Army during the Korean War after graduation. Palumbo was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1973 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. President of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Eddie Webb said, “One of the all-time UVa greats has left us. As great of a sports legend as he was, he was an even greater gentleman.”
State's Outstanding Student Athletes Honored at Banquet
PORTSMOUTH, VA – The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum held their 9th Annual Student Athlete Achievement Awards Banquet on Sunday, December 1. The event honored some of the state’s great student athletes nominated by their coaches and administrators both at the middle and high school levels. The four awards categories were: girls 6th through 8th grade, girls 9th through 12th grade, boys 6th through 8th grade and boys 9th through 12th grade. Of the 18 finalists, four students were awarded Student Athlete of the Year awards: Emily Crocco, an eighth grader at Robious Middle School in Chesterfield, Malique Hawkins, a seventh grader at Atlantic Shores Christian School in Chesapeake, Macy Mears, a senior at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in Suffolk, and Ryan Thomas, a senior at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville.
Students from across Virginia in grades 6th through 12th were eligible. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2007 inductee Bryant Stith was the motivational speaker and helped present the finalists with their awards. The winners will be honored with an exhibit in the museum’s rotating exhibit “Virginians in the Spotlight” during the months of January and February 2014. This event was made possible through funding of our generous sponsors: Cox Communications, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., Reisbeck Contracting, Roger Brown’s Restaurant and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum’s Education Foundation.
To read the full press release, click here.
Student Athlete Achievement Award Finalists (L-R)
Front Row: Malique Hawkins, Carroll Boykins III, Jarius Howard, Taylor Sergent, Kaitlyn Antonick, Molly Beegle, Georgia White.
Back Row: Macy Mears, Molly Novak, Ryan Thomas, Joseph Maddox, Bryant Stith, Quin Blanding, Joshua Malm, Abby Portyrata, Nealy Henderson.
Middle School Girls:
Kaitlyn Antonick, Norfolk Academy
Molly Beegle, Azalea Gardens Middle School
Emily Crocco*, Robious Middle School
Georgia White, Norfolk Collegiate
Middle School Boys:
Carroll Boykins III, W.E. Waters Middle School
Malique Hawkins*, Atlantic Shores Christian School
Jarius Howard, Churchland Middle School
Taylor Sergent, Atlantic Shores Christian School
High School Girls:
Nealy Henderson, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School
Kelly McNult, Massaponax High School
Macy Mears*, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy
Molly Novak, Cosby High School
Abby Portyrata, Clover Hill High School
High School Boys:
Quin Blanding, Bayside High School
Joseph Maddox, Frank W. Cox High School
Joshua Malm, Monticello High School
Ryan Thomas*, Albemarle High School
Matthew Zajac, E.C. Glass High School
Captains Capture 2013 Hall of Fame Achievement Award
PORTSMOUTH, VA – The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to honor Christopher Newport University as the recipient of the 2013 College Division Achievement Award. This is the Captains’ tenth time achieving this high honor in its 18 years of its inception.
Since 1996, the Hall of Fame has presented the Achievement Award to the University (Division I) and College Division institutions (Division II and III) that achieve the highest overall winning percentage in intercollegiate athletics in the Commonwealth.
Christopher Newport University won a scorching 76.2 percent of its athletic contests in 2012-13 with an overall record of 263-81-3. Men’s teams amassed a winning percentage of .696 whereas the Lady Captains proved their winning ways with a .807 winning percentage. CNU combined to win 13 conference titles as well as 11 NCAA post-season bids in 2012-13.
Pictured (L-R): Todd Brooks, CNU Athletic Director, CNU President Paul Trible, VSHFM President Eddie Webb, VSHFM Board Member Carl Farris (photos by Jesse Hutcheson)
Inductee News: In Memory of Jennings Culley
Jennings Culley, Class of 1998, died on Friday, November 15 at the age of 88. Culley was a sports columnist of the Richmond News Leader for 24 years and spent 60 years of his life as a sports writer. He began writing in his hometown of Newport News, VA as an intern on the sports staff of the Daily Press when he was 16. Culley covered many great events like the Super Bowl and the World Series. He was seen at many football games covering the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and the Washington Redskins. Among his numerous awards and accolades, Culley has been honored by the Virginia Press Association and twice named writer of the year in Virginia by the National Association of Sports Writers and Sportscasters.
Inductee News: In Memory of Clarence "Ace" Parker
Clarence “Ace” Parker, a NFL legend and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Inaugural Class of 1972 inductee, died at the age of 101 on November 6, 2013. Parker was born in Portsmouth and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School before attending Duke University in 1933. Parker was a two-sport athlete. After being drafted to play Major League Baseball in 1937 by the Philadelphia Athletics, he hit a home run in his first Major League at-bat as a pinch hitter. Parker asked permission of the Athletics to play football for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and his football career took off. Parker was named NFL MVP in 1940. Not only is Parker a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, but he is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.
Sports Card & Memorabilia Show a Hit for Collectors
A Sports Card & Memorabilia Show was held on August 31 at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Inductees Bobby Dandridge, Kenny Easley and Jim Coates stopped by to sign autographs for the guests. Thanks to all those who came out for this great event and look forward to the next show!
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum wins Southside Silver award
in Hampton Roads Magazine's Best of the 757 Awards
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum finished second in voting for Best Museum of the Southside in Hampton Roads Magazine's Best of the 757 Reader's Choice Awards. Thanks to all who voted for us. Help us be number one next year!
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum featured on the Hampton Roads Show!
Inductee News: In Memory of Gracie Lee VanDyck
Gracie VanDyck, Class of 2002, was a pioneer in women's athletics. She excelled on the playing field and then brought those same standards of excellence to coaching, making a name for herself as one of the most influential and successful coaches in state high school history. From 1947 through 1987, VanDyck coached basketball and softball at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Portsmouth Catholic, and Chesapeake’s Western Branch High School. During that period, she compiled an astonishing 517-271-2 record. She is recognized as a key figure in the rise to prominence of Virginia women’s athletics. Her induction into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame is a fitting tribute to a superior athlete, talented coach, and sports pioneer. Gracie passed away at the age of 86 on July 26, 2013.
Inductee News: In Memory of James "Carroll" Colston
Jim Colston, Media Inductee, Class of 2007, called more than 1,300 high school games in the Roanoke market beginning with a Cave Spring-Northside football game in 1964. His portfolio includes the 1971 Group AAA state football championship that later became the subject of the movie Remember the Titans, and calling the plays of such sports greats as Willis White, George Lynch, Tiki and Ronde Barber, and JJ Redick. Mr. Colston passed away at the age of 83 on July 2, 2013.
7 More Inductees Enshrined in the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame on April 27, 2013
Frankie Allen, Cornell Brown, Lawrence Burton, Dean Ehlers, Robert Pratt, Bill Roth and Dick Tarrant were all inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 27 at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center. Click on the "Hall of Fame Weekend" tab for a wrap-up.
Pictured (L-R Seating): Frankie Allen, Dick Tarrant, Lawrence Burton, Dean Ehlers, Bill Roth, Cornell Brown, and Robert Pratt
42nd Annual Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Weekend Wrap-up
20th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament
Friday, April 26
Participants played “Captain’s Choice” golf with Hall of Fame Inductees and local celebrities at Bide-A-Wee Golf Course in Portsmouth. An awards reception with cold beverages and light dinner was held in the club house.
VIP Celebrity Reception
Friday, April 26
Fans, members and family of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum met with the Class of 2013 and enjoyed the unveling of their display cases.
Hall of Fame Inductee Autograph Session
Saturday, April 27
The Autograph Session was included with museum admission and fans collected autographs from the Class of 2013 as well as past inductees.
42nd Annual Induction Banquet
Saturday, April 27
The Induction Banquet was held at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center. The evening featured speeches from the Class of 2013 as well as dinner and open bar reception.