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2015 Calendar of Events
Ramp It Up: Skateboard-Inspired Art
On Display in the Riddle Sports Gallery January 10 – March 29, 2015
People who skate will tell you that it's not a sport -- it's a lifestyle, which is why skateboard art gets attention as a canvas for expression. This group exhibition will display art rooted in skateboarding inspired by street art and street inspired graphics symbolizes these rich origins and pushes forward a new generation of sleek, cool, fun, and taboo imagery on skate decks that epitomizes both sub-cultures. This diverse exhibition celebrates the independent and innovative spirit of skateboarding.
Hampton Boyer, a resident of Newport News, creates anthropomorphized characters that are equally overwhelmed and entertained by the grey areas of their surroundings. His work is marked with whimsy and inundated with symbolism.
Richmond artist Tim Skirven is a graphic designer, illustrator, and painter mostly creating simple pen and ink drawings and illustrations which blend traditional and digital art. His drawings take elements from skate and surf culture, punk rock, and ska, to create light, fantasy-based work open to a wide variety of interpretations.
Painter and illustrator Kelsey Witt is inspired by people she meets and areas she has traveled to. Colors and patterns abound in her work. Her best ideas come from her incessant sketching and then transferring her ideas to canvas, skate-deck, or board.
Hall of Fame Weekend 2015
April 24-25, 2015
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Class of 2008 Inductee Jerome Kersey Dies at 52
Jerome Kersey (left) at Hall of Fame Weekend 2008
Jerome Kersey died on February 18, 2015. He was 52. Kersey was a Class of 2008 Inductee into the
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
About Jerome Kersey:
Jerome Kersey was raised in Clarksville, and attended Longwood College (now Longwood University), where he was a record setting basketball forward and two-time Division II All-American. In 1984, Kersey was selected in the second round of the NBA draft by the Portland Trailblazers. He went on to spend 11 years with the team, finishing second in Blazers' history in games played (831) and rebounds (5,078), third in blocked shots (621) and steals (1,059), and fourth in points (10,067). Kersey retired from play after an additional six years in the NBA, then coached for a brief time with the Milwaukee Bucks. Kersey was among the first class of inductees of the Longwood University Hall of Fame in 2005.
AccEss College Foundation partners with VSHFM Inductee LaTasha Colander Clark for the AccEss 8k Student Challenge on March 21
February 9, 2015 ·Norfolk, VA· AccEss College Foundation is pleased to announce that local Olympic Gold Medalist LaTasha Colander Clark will serve as the School Liaison for the AccEss 8K Student Challenge Initiative. The AccEss College Foundation 8K Student Challenge is a youth fitness event which takes place during the TowneBank Shamrock 8k, but at a lower entry price to promote more youth participation. Both races are part of J&A Racing's Shamrock Marathon Weekend (March 20-22).
Middle school and high school students who accept the challenge train for and participate in the AccEss 8K Student Challenge. The three middle schools and high schools with the highest participation rates will be awarded prize money. Proceeds from the entire weekend benefit a host of local non-profits, including AccEss College Foundation.
LaTasha Colander Clark, a native of Portsmouth, VA, is a 1994 graduate of Wilson High School who achieved All America honors as a track athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a member of both the 2000 and 2004 United States Olympic Team, and won a gold medal as part of the 4X400 meter relay team in the 2000 Olympics. Colander Clark was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in January 2014.
As School Liaison for the AccEss 8K Student Challenge Initiative,Colander Clark will share her passion for health and fitness with local students, school faculty members and parents, encouraging participation in the race, and creating awareness about the event.
"I am really excited to join AccEss as a partner in promoting the AccEss College Foundation 8K Student Challenge during the 2015 Shamrock Marathon Weekend," stated LaTasha. "As a youth, I was inspired to achieve athletically by mentors who nurtured my strengths, and I want to return the favor."
Information on the AccEss College Foundation 8K Student Challenge can be found at http://accesscollege.org/shamrock
Fall 2014-15 State Champion Citations
Each season, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum sends out State Champion Citations to the schools that have won state championships. Here is the list for Fall 2014-2015:
Group 6A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lake Braddock
Group 5A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Douglas Freeman
Group 4A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Midlothian
Group 3A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brentsville District
Group 2A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Maggie Walker
Group 1A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Galax
Group 6A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oakton
Group 5A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tuscarora
Group 4A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jefferson Forest
Group 3A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Blackburg
Group 2A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Maggie Walker
Group 1A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Radford
Group 6A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Frank W. Cox
Group 5A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Princess Anne
Group 4A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tabb
Group 6A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ocean Lakes
Group 5A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .L.C. Bird
Group 4A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lake Taylor
Group 3A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Magna Vista
Group 2A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Glenvar
Group 1A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Altavista
Group 6A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .South County
Group 5A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mills Godwin
Group 4A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jamestown
Group 3A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hidden Valley
Group 2A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .R.E. Lee-Staunton
Group 1A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .William Campbell
Group 6A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Frank W. Cox
Group 5A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Princess Anne
Group 4A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Midlothian
Group 6A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .First Colonial
Group 5A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Briar Woods
Group 4A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Loudoun County
Group 3A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Warhill
Group 2A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gate City
Group 1A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Auburn
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2015
January 20, 2015
Class of 2015 features Olympic gold medalist, Super Bowl Champion,
16-year MLB veteran, NBA Champion and more.
PORTSMOUTH, VA – The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame announced its class of 2015 on Tuesday at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, as chosen by the statewide Honors Court committee.
The Class of 2015 features:
Fletcher Arritt, former basketball coach at Fork Union Military Academy who after 46 years at the helm, compiled 890 wins and won over 75 percent of his games ;
Cherie Greer Brown, an All-American lacrosse player at the University of Virginia and National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee;
Johnny Grubb, a Richmond native and 16-year Major League veteran who helped lead the Detroit Tigers to a World Series Championship in 1984;
Paul Hatcher, a basketball coach at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton for 43 years, Hatcher compiled 897 victories and a winning percentage of 84 percent;
Angela Hucles, a Virginia Beach native and former University of Virginia soccer player who won two Olympic gold medals playing for the United States women’s soccer team;
Mike Stevens, a former Sports Director of Southwest Virginia’s CBS affiliate WDBJ-7, where he served as a reporter, lead anchorman and did live play-by-play broadcasts for 23 years;
Ben Wallace, a Virginia Union graduate and 16-year NBA veteran who won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year four times and led the Detroit Pistons to an NBA Championship.
President of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Eddie Webb notes, “This class represents longevity. If you look at the careers of any of the new inductees, the athletes played at least ten years, the coaches coached for over 40 years, and our media inductee has been in sports for over three decades. We have almost 200 years of sports excellence amongst our new inductees.”
The 44th Annual Induction Banquet will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015 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
More on the Class of 2015:
Fletcher Arritt was born into a family that was serious about athletics, academics, and their Christian faith, learning the value of competition and the dedication it took to be successful. Arritt attended Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia where he earned the role of the basketball team’s co-captain. His basketball skills earned him a scholarship to the University of Virginia where he played on the varsity teams of 1962-63 and 1963-64. After receiving both his B.S. degree in Biology and a M.Ed. degree in Human Biology, he returned to Fork Union Military Academy in the spring of 1966 as a biology teacher. In 1970, he took over as the head postgraduate basketball coach at Fork Union, after four years under Coach Bill Miller’s tutelage. Arritt became one of the most successful basketball coaches in the country, with 400 players going on to play in college, 200 of them at the Division 1 level, and dozens going on to professional careers in basketball. Fork Union won over 75 percent of its games during Arritt’s tenure. After 46 years at the helm, Arritt compiled a career record of 890 wins and 283 losses.
Cherie Greer Brown is a former Virginia women’s lacrosse All-American. A three-time first-team All-American for the Cavaliers, Greer was the NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year in 1994 and had her jersey retired at Virginia. During her career, the Cavaliers won two NCAA Championships – the 1991 and 1993 titles. Greer was also a 14-year club player and received the Beth Allen Award at the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament in 2000, which is given to "a highly skilled, creative, and disciplined player who consistently makes a positive contribution to the team effort. Such a player shall show awareness and understanding of the spirit of this unique game and exemplify character traits of loyalty and sportsmanship." She was a member of the 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005 US Women’s World Cup teams, winning three world championships. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship Game in the 1997 and 2001 World Cups. In 2000, Greer was named a member of the Lacrosse Magazine All-Century Team. She was also inducted into the US Lacrosse Philadelphia/Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005 and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009.
Johnny Grubb was born in Richmond, Virginia and attended Meadowbrook High School. After graduation, Grubb enrolled at Manatee Junior College. After his sophomore year, Grubb was drafted four times in a two-year span. Grubb was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1969, but decided instead to transfer to Florida State University, where he starred on the squad that compiled a 49-9 record and finished as runner-up for the NCAA Championship. On January 13, 1971, Grubb was selected with the 24th pick in the amateur draft’s secondary phase by the San Diego Padres. Grubb signed with the Padres and made his major league debut on September 10, 1972. The following year, Grubb batted .311 with eight home runs in 113 games and was named to the Topps All-Star Rookie Team. Grubb saw more playing time in 1974, and he took advantage of it. He batted .286 with eight home runs in 140 games and was named a National League All-Star. Throughout his 16-year career in Major League Baseball, Grubb played for the San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers. Grubb helped lead the 1984 Detroit Tigers to a World Series Championship. In 1986, at age 37, Grubb had the best statistical season in his career by batting .333 with 13 home runs and 51 RBIs. In 1,424 major league games, Grubb collected 1,153 career hits, 99 home runs, and finished with a career batting average of .278.
Paul Hatcher, a native of Bassett, Virginia, attended Bridgewater College before becoming the winningest basketball coach in Virginia High School League history. In a 43-year career at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Virginia, Hatcher compiled a record of 897 victories and 175 losses, and a winning percentage of 84 percent. Hatcher coached from 1968 to 2011, and never endured a losing season. In three of his coaching seasons, his basketball team went undefeated, and he had 29 seasons with 20 or more victories. With 85 consecutive victories from 2003 to 2006, Hatcher became the Virginia High School League record holder. Hatcher’s teams won state championships in 1984, 1990, 2004 and 2005 and were runners-up six times. Hatcher has been named the Virginia High School League State Coach of the Year a total of 11 times and was a seven-time VHSL All-Star Game Coach. Hatcher has been inducted into the Bridgewater College Hall of Fame, the Robert E. Lee High School Hall of Fame, the Virginia High School Hall of Fame and the National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame.
Angela Hucles, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, attended Norfolk Academy where she was a Parade and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American selection in 1995. She graduated in 1996 as Norfolk Academy’s all-time leading scorer with 204 goals and 106 assists. Hucles attended the University of Virginia, where she became an All-American and was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team for four straight seasons. She scored 59 goals and is the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of Virginia Women’s Soccer. After graduating, Hucles embarked on an extraordinary professional and international career highlighted by two Olympic Gold Medals, two World Cup appearances and 109 caps for the US Women’s National Soccer Team. Hucles was the U.S. Women’s National Team leading scorer in the 2008 Olympic Games. Playing for the Boston Breakers of the Women’s United Soccer Association, Hucles made a total of 57 appearances for the club and scored six goals. In 2009, Hucles announced her retirement from both club and international soccer.
Mike Stevens worked to put Virginia’s athletes and the sports they play in the spotlight for more than three decades. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, he began his broadcasting career as the Sports Director for K92-FM radio in Roanoke. Two years later, he changed mediums and left the area’s top rated radio station for the region’s number one television station, WDBJ-7. During his 23 year tenure as the Sports Director of Southwest Virginia’s CBS affiliate, he served as a reporter, lead anchorman and did live play-by-play broadcasts for high school football, college basketball, minor league baseball and stock car racing. In addition, he was a fixture on the station’s marquee sports program, Friday Football Extra. Stevens hosted over 350 consecutives episodes of the half-hour high school football show that became the model for hundreds of other such programs around the country. Stevens has been honored by a number of organizations including the Virginia High School League and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Stevens, who is a Staunton native, is currently the Communications Director for the City of Salem’s governmental departments and school division.
Ben Wallace attended Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia before becoming one of the most feared players in the NBA. Wallace was recruited by former Virginia Union basketball player Charles Oakley, when he discovered Wallace at a 1991 basketball camp. At Virginia Union, Wallace averaged 13.4 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. As a senior, Wallace was selected to the First-Team All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and was selected as a First-Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Wallace signed as an undrafted free agent in 1996 with the Washington Bullets. Over his 16-year NBA career, Wallace played for the Washington Bullets/Wizards, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wallace rose to defensive dominance after he was traded from the Orlando Magic to the Detroit Pistons for fellow Virginian Grant Hill. The 2001-2002 season was stellar for Wallace, when he averaged 7.6 points per game, while leading the league in rebounding and shot blocking. Wallace earned the honors of the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, an award he would win three other times in his career. Wallace led the Detroit Pistons to an NBA Championship in 2004 with Wallace scoring 18 points and grabbing 22 rebounds in the clinching game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Over his career, Wallace was a four-time NBA All-Star, three-time All-NBA Second Team selection, five-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection, two-time NBA rebounding champion and an NBA blocks leader. Wallace totaled 6,254 points, 10,482 rebounds and 2,137 blocks.
Student-Athlete Achievement Award Winners Announced
PORTSMOUTH, VA – The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum held their 10th Annual Student-Athlete Achievement Awards Banquet on Sunday, December 7. The event honored some of the state’s great student-athletes nominated by their coaches and administrators at the high school level. Students who are the well-rounded in the categories of athletic achievement, academic achievement and civic involvement are chosen as winners by the selection committee consisting of Hall of Fame Inductees and board members. Of the 15 finalists, four students were awarded Student-Athlete of the Year awards: Emma Haupt, a senior at Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Sara Vigen, a senior at South Lakes High School in Reston, Mark Lawrence, Jr., a senior at Mills Godwin High School in Henrico, and Bryan Moon, a senior at Tabb High School in Yorktown.
Students from across Virginia in grades 9th through 12th were eligible. Olympic Gold Medalist and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 inductee Jeff Rouse 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 2015. This event was made possible through funding of generous sponsors: Cox Communications, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., Riesbeck Contracting, Roger Brown’s Restaurant and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum’s Education Foundation.
About the Winners:
Senior at Cox High School in Virginia Beach, VA
Sports Played: Field Hockey and Soccer
First team All-State, Region and Conference Field Hockey Teams as a Junior
So far this year, she has been named Coastal Conference Player of the Year, named First Team All Coastal Conference and First Team All Tidewater
Led her team to win the VHSL 6A State Championship this year
All Beach District Tournament Soccer Team
Member of the National Honor Society as well as the Math and Spanish Honor Societies
Led and organized meetings for the Freshman Advisory Board
Organized Community Love Run for CHKD
Member of Operation Smile and Spanish Club
Volunteered for TOPS Soccer program for physically and mentally disabled children
Served the homeless for the People in Need Ministry
Senior at South Lakes High School in Reston, VA
Sport Played: Soccer
Liberty Conference Soccer Player of the Year, 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-Met by the Washington Post.
First time in 20 years that a girls soccer player from South Lakes High School was named 1st Team
3-year captain of the school team
Committed to play soccer collegiately at the College of William & Mary
As a sophomore, she was named to 2nd team All-State by the VHSCA.
FBLA and DECA Member
Member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society
Full IB Diploma Candidate
Collects leftovers from bake sales and delivers them to the Homeless Shelter in Reston, VA
Mark Lawrence, Jr.
Senior at Mills Godwin High School in Henrico, VA
Sport Played: Golf
• VSGA State Junior Match Play Champion in 2013 and 2014
• Virginia State High School Champion in 2011, 2012 and 2014
• Has won numerous tournaments including the Valentine Invitational, Mid-Atlantic Amateur and the Signature Invitational.
• 4 time All-State Player
• VSGA Junior Player of the Year in 2013
• Committed to attend Auburn University in the fall of 2015 on a golf scholarship
• Participated in the annual Scouting for Food project supporting the Central Virginia Food Bank as a member of the Boy Scouts
Senior at Tabb High School in Yorktown, VA
Sports Played: Cross Country, Golf, Indoor & Outdoor Track, and Lacrosse
• Captain of the Cross Country Team and the Golf Team as well as the Tabb Club Lacrosse team
• 2014 VHSL State Champion in the 4x800 meter relay
• Led his team to the 2013 VHSL 4A Conference Cross Country Championship
• Has the school record in the 2,000 meter steeplechase and 400 meter hurdles
• 2nd team All-Conference Golf Team
• Member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Key Club and French Club
• He is an Eagle Scout
• All-District Band
• Volunteer Trail Guide at the Virginia Living Museum
• Volunteers for the National Park Service as a drummer in the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown
• “Puppy Raiser” for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind
The 15 Finalists:
High School Girls Finalists:
Kelly Coleman, 12th Grade, Hickory High School, Chesapeake
Libby Davidson, 10th Grade, E.C. Glass High School, Lynchburg
Mary Hagopian, 12th Grade, George C. Marshall High School, Falls Church
Emma Haupt*, 12th Grade, Frank W. Cox High School, Virginia Beach
Michelle Heinitz, 12th Grade, Robert E. Lee High School, Springfield
Courtney King, 12th Grade, Tabb High School, Yorktown
Sara Vigen*, 12th Grade, South Lakes High School, Reston
Destiny Ward, 12th Grade, Oscar Smith High School, Chesapeake
High School Boys Finalists:
Joshua Barlow, 12th Grade, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, Richmond
Christopher Bianchi, 12th Grade, Norfolk Collegiate School, Norfolk
Alexander Kearney, 12th Grade, Robert E. Lee High School, Staunton
Mark Lawrence, Jr.*, 12th Grade, Mills Godwin High School, Henrico
Zach Lechthaler, 12th Grade, Grafton High School, Yorktown
Bryan Moon*, 12th Grade, Tabb High School, Yorktown
Bennett Thomas, 12th Grade, Grassfield High School, Chesapeake
Student-Athlete Achievement Award Finalists (L-R): Front Row: Destiny Ward, Kelly Coleman, Michelle Heinitz, Mary Hagopian, Sara Vigen, Courtney King, Emma Haupt, Libby Davidson
Back Row: Jeff Rouse, Class of 2011, Mark Lawrence, Jr., Bryan Moon, Bennett Thomas, Alexander Kearney, Joshua Barlow, Christopher Bianchi, Zach Lechthaler, Rob Johnson, Wheelabrator.
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.
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.
(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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
Joe Weatherly (left) and Wendell Scott (right) will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January of 2015.
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.
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.
Hall of Fame Weekend 2015
22nd Annual Celebrity
Friday, April 24 | 11 am - 5 pm
Play a round of “Captain’s Choice” golf with Hall of Fame Inductees and celebrities at Bide-A-Wee Golf Course in Portsmouth. An awards reception with cold beverages and a light dinner will follow in the club house. Tickets to the VIP Reception are included.
Registration: 9:30 am
Shotgun Start: 11:00 am
Awards Reception: 4:00 pm
Golf Foursome: $1,000 | Golf Single: $300
Hole Sponsor: $250
VIP Celebrity Reception
Friday, April 24 | 7 pm
Meet the members of the Class of 2015 at the Hall of Fame as well as past Inductees and enjoy the unveiling of the Class of 2015 display cases. Open bar and light snacks included.
Single Ticket: $50/each
Sponsor Package: $500
(12 tickets & banquet program listing)
Hall of Fame Inductee Autograph Session
Sports Card & Memorabilia Show
Autograph Session: 12 pm - 1 pm
Memorabilia Show: 9 am - 2 pm
Meet members from the Class of 2015 and collect autographs from them! Also, buy sports cards and memorabilia from participating dealers.
Autograph Session included with museum admission
44th Annual Induction Banquet
Saturday, April 25 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Welcome and join the Class of 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center. The evening features an open bar reception followed by dinner and the 2015 Induction Ceremony.
Registration: 4:30 pm | Reception: 5:30 pm
Dinner & Induction Ceremony: 6:30 pm
VSHF Member Single Ticket: $75 | Non-member: $100
Banquet Table for 8: $600
Tickets & Accommodations
To purchase tickets for the 2015 Hall of Fame Weekend, call us at (757) 393-8031 or email email@example.com.
Make the weekend even more fun and easy by staying at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center. Located at 425 Water Street in Portsmouth, the hotel is a short stroll from the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.
A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate for the 2015 Hall of Fame Weekend. For reservations, call the hotel at (757) 673-3000. Reference reservation code “VFFVFFA” or visit www.vshfm.com for online link. The Hall of Fame Weekend discount is $139 per night.
Schedule for events subject to change
without prior notice.