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2014 Calendar of Events

Student-Athlete Achievement Award Nominations
Deadline: November 3, 2014

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The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is seeking nominations for their Tenth Annual Student-Athlete Achievement Awards. These awards honor high school students who demonstrate dedication on the field to their sport and off the field to their schoolwork and community. Nominations are due Monday, November 3, 2014 by 5 p.m.

Students from across Virginia in grades 9 through 12 are eligible. Nominations typically are submitted by teachers, coaches or parents. A committee of Hall of Fame Inductees and community leaders will select the finalists who will be honored at an awards banquet on December 7 in Portsmouth at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. On the night of the banquet, two Student-Athletes of the Year will be announced for each category. These top athletes will be honored with an exhibit in the museum’s rotating exhibit “Virginians in the Spotlight” during the months of January and February 2015.

Nominations may be submitted by mail to Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, 206 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704, by fax to (757) 393-8288 or by email to info@vshfm.com.

Click here to fill out a Student-Athlete nomination form

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Build your own Edible Stadium
Saturday, December 13 from 11 am to 12 pm

edible stadium gingerbread workshop

Pre-register by calling (757) 393-8031

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Sports Photography Contest & Exhibition
On Display in the Ridde Sports Gallery through December 28
Sports Photography

Do you want your photos on display at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum? Simply submit your work to the annual VSHFM Sports Photography Contest! The contest is open to all and, in addition to offering a guarantee that your work will be on display for thousands of museum guests to see, there will be cash prizes given for first, second, and third place winners. 

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Beyond the Barrier: African Americans Building Tradition in Virginia
Virginians in the Spotlight
On display until October 31, 2014

Sports, like the arts, literature, and politics, have been a mirror of American society.  Throughout history, early records have shown that African Americans were involved in sports whenever given the opportunity to participate.  These records also illustrate that African Americans athletes capable of participating in the broad sports arena are not given the chance due to their race.  Therefore, as sports grew into an American popular pastime, it also developed on independent fields with race as a dividing line.  Until the 1940s, most sporting events were divided by race.

America’s entry into World War II in December 1941 had a tremendous impact on the racial barrier in sports. African Americans helped fill the void in sports left by departure of American manpower to the war effort.  After the war ended, the integration of sports continued.  Jackie Robinson became the first black player in major league baseball.  Althea Gibson became the first African American tennis player to compete in the National Championships (later the United States Open) at Forest Hills in Queens, New York.

This exhibition highlights several of the African American inductees in the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. These athletes and advocates have made their own unique contribution to the sports arena. 

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Fall 2014 Press Box

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Harold “Hal” Burrows, Jr., Class of 1990, died on September 20, 2014. Burrows was one of the most revered members of the tennis community of Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia when he returned from the Army, where he won several Virginia State Championships (1946, 1947, and 1948). During his career, he achieved victories over 33 different Davis Cup Players. While teaming with Straight Clark, together they became a top ten-ranked team for five years. The next year Hal and Straight received their crowning honor when they were named to the Davis Cup Team - an honor only one other Virginian, Arthur Ashe has received. Burrows helped many players develop skill, sportsmanship and character; thus allowing many of them to turn professional.

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Cavaliers Claim 2014 Hall of Fame Achievement Award

August 27, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, VA – The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to honor the University of Virginia as the recipient of the 2014 Division I Achievement Award. The Cavaliers have now won the award ten times in the 19 years of its existence.

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.

The University of Virginia won 65.5 percent of its athletic contests in 2013-14 with an overall record of 297-155-6. The Cavalier baseball team finished second nationally at the College World Series. Men’s tennis, women’s lacrosse, and both men’s and women’s soccer followed closely behind, all making the semifinals of their respective sports. Women’s tennis reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA championships and top performer Danielle Collins capped off her sophomore season by becoming UVA’s first NCAA women’s singles champion. Also highlighting a successful year for Cavaliers’ athletics were the Women’s Swimming and Diving squad, placing 11th nationally, and the Rowing team, who placed 5th at the NCAA Championships.

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum President Eddie Webb and Chairman of the Board Joel Rubin will present the award to UVA Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage when the Cavaliers host UCLA on Saturday, August 30. Kick-off is scheduled for 12 noon at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, VA.

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(L-R): University of Virginia's Director of Athletics, Craig Littlepage, Virginia Sports Hall of Fame President, Eddie Webb, and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Joel Rubin presenting the award at the UCLA and University of Virginia football game on August 30, 2014.

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2013-2014 State Champion Citations

The following schools received a certificate from the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum recognizing them for their 2013-2014 State Championships:

Cross Country Boys: Chantilly High School, Deep Run High School, Midlothian High School, Lafayette High School,
Maggie L Walker Governor's School, Galax High School, Woodberry Forest School, Veritis Classical Christian

Cross Country Girls:
Oakton High School, Mills Godwin High School, Jefferson Forest High School, Blacksburg High School, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, Radford High School, St. Catherine's, Peninsula Catholic

Field Hockey Westfield High School, Mountain View High School, Chancellor High School, Collegiate School,
Fredericksburg Academy

Football: Centreville High School, Lloyd C. Bird High School, Dinwiddie High School, Northside High School, Giles High School, Altavista High School, Liberty Christian, Bishop Sullivan Catholic, Virginia Episcopal, Blessed Sacrament Huguenot

Golf: Chantilly High School, Deep Run High School, Jamestown High School, Tunstall High School, Graham High School, Holston High School

Boys Volleyball: Princess Anne High School

Girls Volleyball:
Langley High School, Atlee High School, Loudoun County High School, Hidden Valley High School,
Gate City High School, Auburn High School, Flint Hill School, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Roanoke Catholic

Boys Soccer: St. Stephen's & St. Agnes The Covenant School, T.C. Williams High School, Broad Run High School, Loudoun County High School, Western Albemarle High School, George Mason High School, Galax High School

Girls Soccer: Battlefield High School, Briar Woods High School, Dominion High School, Blacksburg High School, George Mason High School

Boys Tennis: Lake Braddock High School, Thomas Jefferson School for S&T, E.C. Glass High School, Hidden Valley High School, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School

Girls Tennis: Cape Henry Collegiate, Hampton Roads Academy, Frank W. Cox High School, Mills Godwin High School, Midlothian High School, Western Albemarle High School, Gate City High School, Radford High School

Baseball: Western Branch High School, Hickory High School, Hanover High School, Loudoun Valley High School, Virginia High School, Northumberland High School

Softball: South County High School, Great Bridge High School, Woodrgove High School, Brookville High School, Page County High School, Rappahannock High School

Boys Lacrosse: James Robinson High School, Albemarle High School

Girls Lacrosse: Westfield High School, Woodgrove High School

Boys Outdoor Track: T.C. Williams, Lee-Davis High School, E.C. Glass High School, Christiansburg High School, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, Auburn High School

Girls Outdoor Track: Western Branch High School, Hampton High School, Nansemond River High School, Blacksburg High School, Brunswick High School, George Wythe High School (Wytheville)

Boys Basketball: Altavista High School, Dan River High School, John Marshall High School, I.C. Norcom High School, Potomac Senior High School, Colonial Forge High School

Girls Basketball: Chilhowie High School, Central High School (Wise), Spotswood High School, Lake Taylor High School, Princess Anne High School, Cosby High School

Boys Indoor Track: Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, Christiansburg High School, E.C. Glass High School, Highland Springs High School, Forest Park High School

Girls Indoor Track: Maggie L. Walker High School, Blacksburg High School, E.C. Glass High School, Atlee High School, Western Branch High School

Boys Swim and Dive: George Mason High School, Hidden Valley High School, Grafton High School, Princess Anne High School, James Robinson High School

Girls Swim and Dive: Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, Western Albemarle High School, Jamestown High School, Albemarle High School, Oakton High School

Gymnastics: Great Bridge High School, Frank W. Cox

Wrestling: Rural Retreat High School, Grundy High School, Christiansburg High School, Hanover High School, Matoaca High School, James Robinson High School

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NFL Legend’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Jacket
Donated to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

July 10, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, VA –Portsmouth, Virginia native and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Ace Parker’s Pro Football Hall of Fame gold sports jacket was donated to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum by the Parker family. The distinctive gold jacket is given to Pro Football Hall of Famers during the induction ceremony, where they are also commemorated with a bust and given a ring. During the ceremony, previous inductees are also present and the majority of them will wear their gold jackets. Parker’s jacket is now on display at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum as part of the “Grid Iron Greats” display that showcases Virginia’s Pro Football Hall of Famers.

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About Ace Parker:

Clarence “Ace” Parker is a NFL legend and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Inaugural Class of 1972 inductee. 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 (Class of 1972) and the College Football Hall of Fame (Class of 1955). Parker died on November 6, 2013 at the age of 101.    

For more information about the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, visit www.vshfm.com or call (757) 393-8031.

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NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Includes Two Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

May 21, 2014

The NASCAR Hall of Fame announced its new class of Inductees on Wednesday. The Class of 2015 consists of two Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Inductees, Wendell Scott (Class of 2000) and Joe Weatherly (Class of 1976). Here is the release:

NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the 2015 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five-person group – the sixth in NASCAR Hall of Fame history – consists of Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White. In addition, NASCAR announced that Anne B. France won the inaugural Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Next year’s Induction Day is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, broadcast on NBC Sports Network from Charlotte, N.C.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte to vote on both the induction class of 2015 and the Landmark Award. NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France made the announcements this afternoon in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.”

Next year’s class was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, which for the first time included the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion – in this case, Jimmie Johnson. The panel also included representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders and a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com – which counted for the 54th and final vote. In all, 54 votes were cast, with two additional Voting Panel members recused from voting as potential nominees for induction (Jerry Cook and Robert Yates). The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.

Voting for next year’s class was as follows: Bill Elliott (87%), Wendell Scott (58%), Joe Weatherly (53%), Rex White (43%) and Fred Lorenzen (30%).

The next top vote-getters were Jerry Cook, Robert Yates and Benny Parsons.
Results for the NASCAR.com Fan Vote, in order of votes received, were Wendell Scott, Bill Elliott, Benny Parsons, Rex White and Terry Labonte.

The five inductees came from a group of 20 nominees that included, in addition to the five inductees chosen:Buddy Baker, Red Byron, Richard Childress, Jerry Cook, Ray Fox, Rick Hendrick, Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte, Raymond Parks, Benny Parsons, Larry Phillips, O. Bruton Smith, Mike Stefanik, Curtis Turner and Robert Yates.

As was announced last December during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week, potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role.

The five nominees for the inaugural Landmark Award were France, H. Clay Earles, Parks, Ralph Seagraves and Ken Squier.

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Joe Weatherly (left) and Wendell Scott (right) will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January of 2015.

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Marty Miller Introduced at Norfolk State Game

New Class of 2014 Inductee Marty Miller was congratulated at the Hampton University vs. Norfolk State game on Saturday, February 15. Miller was joined by VSHF President Eddie Webb, Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas and NSU President Eddie Moore.

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Inductee News: In Memory of Betty Jaynes

Betty Jaynes, Class of 2008 Inductee, died on Monday, February 10, 2014 at the age of 68. Jaynes joined the staff of Madison College (now James Madison University) in 1968 as an assistant professor of physical education, teaching gymnastics, swimming and tennis.  In 1970, she became the women’s basketball head coach, a post she held until 1982.  During her 12-year tenure, the Lady Dukes amassed a notable 142-114 record and won the Virginia AIAW state championship (1975), as well as three runner-up finishes (1973-77-79).  Her 1978-79 squad was the first ever at Madison to finish with a 20-win season.

Beyond her accomplishments on the court, Jaynes is best known for her administrative accomplishments at the national level.  She helped to develop the Kodak All-America program by serving as its committee chair (1976-82), and chaired the US Girls’ and Women’s Basketball Rules Committee (1979-81).  In 1981, Jaynes co-founded the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and has given over 25 years of service to the organization in the roles of executive director (1981-96), CEO (1996-2000), and consultant (2000-present).  Under her direction, the WBCA grew from its 212-member infancy to a 5,000-plus member resource and advocate for women’s and girls’ basketball at every level.

For her contributions to the sport, Jaynes is an inductee of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame (2006); Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2000); and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (2007).  In 2006, Jaynes was presented with the prestigious Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. She will be known for one of the greatest pioneers for women's sports.

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Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum Announces Class of 2014

Class of 2014 features Olympic gold medalist, Super Bowl Champion,
12-year MLB veteran and more

PORTSMOUTH, VA – The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum announced its class of 2014 on Thursday at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond as chosen by the statewide Honors Court committee.

The Class of 2014 features:
  • Rondé Barber, former University of Virginia standout who enjoyed a 16-year career in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and five-time Pro Bowl selection;
  • Sean Casey, a graduate of the University of Richmond who had a 12-year career in Major League Baseball, was a three-time All-Star, and posted a career batting average of .302;
  • LaTasha Colander Clark, a native of Portsmouth, an All-American at the University of North Carolina and gold medalist in the 4x400 relay in the 2000 Summer Olympics;
  • Marty Miller, former Norfolk State coach who is the winningest baseball coach in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association history and 15-time CIAA Coach of the Year;
  • Ticha Penicheiro, two-time Kodak All-American and Wade Trophy recipient at Old Dominion University; she played 15 years in the WNBA and was named to four All-Star teams;
  • David Teel, a decorated sports writer for the Daily Press and has been honored more than 50 times by the Associated Press Sports Editors and other organizations;
  • Lou Wacker, head football coach for 23 seasons for the Emory & Henry Wasps where he won nearly 70-percent of his games and was named ODAC Coach of the Year five times.
President of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Eddie Webb notes, “This outstanding class has reached the pinnacle of success in their respective sports. Their extensive careers have set them apart from the rest of the pack.”

The 43rd Annual Induction Banquet will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center in Portsmouth, VA as the headline event of Hall of Fame weekend. Tickets are now on sale. For more information, call (757) 393-8031 or
visit www.vshfm.com.

More on the Class of 2014:

Rondé Barber, a native of Roanoke, VA, graduated from Cave Spring High School in 1993 before heading to the University of Virginia where he was a three-time All-ACC selection for the Cavaliers. After the 1994 season, Barber was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. Barber made 15 career interceptions at the University of Virginia and following the 1996 season, he declared for the NFL Draft. Rondé Barber was taken in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barber spent his entire 16-year career with the Buccaneers and accumulated five Pro Bowl selections, three first-team All-Pro selections, and helped capture the team’s first Super Bowl in franchise history in Super Bowl XXXVII against the Oakland Raiders. On January 31, 2010, Barber was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. At the time of his retirement in 2012, Barber was the Buccaneers all-time interceptions leader, had recorded the most quarterback sacks by an NFL cornerback and was the only member of the 40/20 club (over 40 interceptions and over 20 sacks). Career totals include 1,025 tackles, 28 quarterback sacks, 47 interceptions and 12 touchdowns.

Sean Casey is a graduate of the University of Richmond, where he was a three-time All-CAA selection and captured the NCAA batting title during the 1995 season with a .461 batting average. Casey helped lead the Spiders to their first win in the NCAA Tournament in 1995 when they defeated Jacksonville 8-2. Casey was a second-round pick in the 1995 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians.  Over his 12-year Major League career, Casey played first base for the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. Casey was a three-time All-Star selection, and posted a career batting average of .302, while hitting 130 home runs and driving in 735 runs. In 1999, Casey received Major League Baseball’s Hutch Award, given to the player who “best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire.” Casey was selected to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2012.

LaTasha Colander Clark, a native of Portsmouth, VA, is a graduate of Wilson High School and later went on to run track at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Colander Clark won 14 ACC titles, was an All-American, and led the Tar Heels to eight ACC team championships. Colander Clark was a member of both the 2000 and 2004 United States Olympic Teams, and won a gold medal as part of the 4x400 meter relay team in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. In 2000, Colander Clark was the U.S. champion in the 400 meters and was part of the relay team that broke the world record in the 4x200 meters. Colander Clark repeated as U.S. champion in 2001. 

Marty Miller, a native of Danville, VA, is considered one of Norfolk State University’s greatest ambassadors. Starting at Norfolk State in 1965 as a baseball player, Miller became the first Spartan to be named an NCAA College Division All-American and played until 1968 before joining the U.S. Army. Returning to Norfolk State as an assistant baseball coach in 1972, Miller took over the team full-time the following season as head coach where he stayed until 2005 before being named the University’s Director of Athletics. In his 32 years as head baseball coach, he went 718-543-3, including 17 conference championships. Miller was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s (CIAA) Coach of the Year 15 times, and is the winningest baseball coach in CIAA history. Miller is a member of the John B. McLendon (CIAA) Hall of Fame and the Norfolk State Hall of Fame.     

Ticha Penicheiro was a standout women’s basketball player at Old Dominion University from 1994-1998 and led the Lady Monarchs to the NCAA Championship game in 1997. At Old Dominion, Penicheiro was a two-time Kodak All-American, four-time All-CAA honoree, and was named the CAA’s Player of the Year twice. In 1998, Penicheiro was the Wade Trophy recipient, awarded annually to the best women's basketball player in NCAA Division I competition. After her prestigious college career, Penicheiro was the number two overall pick by the Sacramento Monarchs in the 1998 WNBA draft. In her 15-year career in the WNBA, Penicheiro was a four time WNBA All-Star, captured the WNBA championship in 2005, and is the all-time record holder in assists. Penicheiro was an honoree of the WNBA’s All-Decade Team in 2006.       

David Teel graduated from James Madison University in 1981 with a degree in communications before becoming one of the most decorated sports writers in Virginia. Teel came to the Daily Press in 1984 and has covered numerous NCAA Final Fours, ACC championships, college bowl games, NFL playoff games including the 2009 Super Bowl, two U.S. Opens, the 2002 Ryder Cup in England and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Before he was promoted to columnist, he was the Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia beat writer for the paper. Teel has been honored more than 50 times by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Football Writers Association of America, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.     

Lou Wacker, a native of Richmond, VA, was an outstanding football player at the University of Richmond before starting his football coaching career. Wacker coached at Midlothian High School before joining the staff at Hampden-Sydney College, where he built a defensive powerhouse over the next two decades as a defensive coordinator. After his 24 years with Hampden-Sydney, Wacker moved on to become the head football coach at Emory & Henry College in 1982. Coach Wacker spent 23 seasons with the Wasps and won nearly 70-percent of his games with an overall record of 164-76. The Wasps had only one winning season before Wacker’s arrival in their 13 years of existence. Wacker enjoyed 17 consecutive winning seasons with Emory & Henry. Wacker was voted Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Coach of the Year five times and recorded more football wins than any other conference coach, on his way to a record of eleven conference championships. His leadership also produced five ODAC Players of the Year, 136 First Team All-ODAC players and 17 All-Americans. Wacker is a member of the Highland Springs High School Hall of Fame, the University of Richmond Hall of Fame, the Hampden-Sydney College Hall of Fame and the Emory & Henry College Hall of Fame.

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2013 Student Athlete Achievement Awards Recap Video

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Rams Run Away with 2013 Hall of Fame Achievement Award

PORTSMOUTH, VA – The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to honor Virginia Commonwealth University as the recipient of the 2013 Division 1 Achievement Award. This is the Rams’ second 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.

Virginia Commonwealth University won 65.5 percent of its athletic contests in 2012-13 with an overall record of 170-87-10. Men’s teams amassed a winning percentage of .649 whereas the Lady Rams proved their winning ways with a .663 winning percentage. VCU last won the state title in 2003-04. Three Rams teams, men’s basketball, men’s soccer and men’s tennis teams were ranked in the nation’s top 25 throughout the year. Individually, discus thrower Jaleesa Williams placed 12th and Kiara Porter placed 17th in the 400 meter semifinals at the NCAA Track and Field National Championships.

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VSHFM President Eddie Webb and Chairman of the Board Joel Rubin present the Hall of Fame Achievement Award to VCU Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin when the Rams hosted Old Dominion University on December 8.

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10 athletes from 10 different VCU teams were presented with the award.

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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.”  

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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.

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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. 
 

2013 Finalists:

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

*Denotes winner*

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.      

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43rd Annual Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Weekend Wrap-up

On April 25 and 26, 2014, we held our 43rd Annual Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Weekend. The weekend was filled with events, and everyone had a great time.

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21st Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament

Friday, April 25 | 11 am – 5 pm

Golfers played a round of “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 followed in the club house.

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(L-R) Marty Miller, Class of 2014; Paul Webb, Class of 1993, and Lou Wacker, Class of 2014

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Old Dominion University Head Football Coach, Bobby Wilder with his golf team.

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Local celebrities and Hall of Fame Inductees are joined together on the putting green for a group shot.

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VIP Celebrity Auction & Reception

Friday, April 25 | 7 pm

Fans and supporters participated in the best sports auction in Virginia, and bidded on memorable sports packages and memorabilia. We also unveiled the Class of 2014 display cases.

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Signed memorbilia and ticket pacakages were spread throughout the Museum.

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Participants compete to win the best signed memorabilia.

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Live ticket packages included Super Bowl tickets, Final Four tickets and tickets to see Derek Jeter's last home game.

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The Class of 2014 stand by their cases as they are unveiled.

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Hall of Fame Inductee Autograph Session

Saturday, April 26 | 11:30 am - 1 pm

Fans collect autographs from the Class of 2014.

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43rd Annual Induction Banquet

Saturday, April 26 | 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Fans, family and friends welcomed the Class of 2014 at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center. The evening featured an open bar reception followed by dinner and the 2014 Induction Ceremony.

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