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Vermont Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees; Pecor Named Inaugural David K. Hakins Award Inductee
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont -- Two Olympic medalists, a World Series champion, national award winners, record-setting scorers and outstanding coaches make up the class of 12 to be inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame. The VSHOF made the announcement Monday, September 9, 2013 at historic Centennial Field. In addition, two special annual inductees starting this year were unveiled, one a historic inductee and the other in memory of the Hall’s first chair of the board of directors, David Hakins.
The dozen will be honored at the second annual Vermont Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Celebration presented by Casella that will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington. Tickets are now on sale for the event. Click HERE to purchase tickets and for information on the event.
The Board of Directors of the VSHOF announced on October 22, 2013 that Ray Pecor is the inaugural David K. Hakins Award inductee into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame. A native of Burlington, Pecor has been the owner since 1994 of the Vermont Lake Monsters, the state's lone affiliated minor league baseball team since.
Joining Pecor and the 13 members inducted in the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 2012 will be: Barbara Cochran and Billy Kidd, Alpine skiing; Keith Cieplicki, basketball; Ollie Dunlap, football; Ralph Lapointe, multi-discipline; Phil Latreille (pronounced 'la-tray'), ice hockey; Gretchen Scheuermann, field hockey; Jean Robinson (basketball/coach) and Ed Kehoe (outdoors), contributors; and historical pioneer Charles Adams, founder of the Boston Bruins. Click HERE for more information on the 2013 VSHOF Inductees.
Vermont Sports Hall of Fame Saddened by the Loss of David Hakins
The Vermont Sports Hall of Fame is saddened by the loss of David Hakins, who passed away on July 23, 2013 after a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Dave was part of the initial launch committee of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and was the first chair of its board of directors. Also the publisher of Vermont Life, it was Dave's energy, vision, inspiration and direction that helped get this project off the ground. Click HERE for appreciations of Dave's life.
Nominations Closed For 2013 Vermont Sports Hall of Fame Class of Inductees
Thanks go out to all who sent in candidates for nomination to the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame. Nominations closed on June 30 for the 2013 induction class. For future nominations, click HERE for a nomination form and instructions to nominate and honor an athlete or a contributor to the Green Mountain State's sports legacy. Full nomination details are on the PDF nomination form. If you sent in a nomination prior to June 30, 2013, you do not need to nominate the candidate again for 2014 but please send additional information for support. Other questions regarding nominees can be found HERE.
The Vermont Sports Hall of Fame is in cooperation with Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, the VSHOF's designated charity.
Launched in October 2011, The Vermont Sports Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization to recognize those individuals whose achievements and efforts have enhanced sports, athletics and recreation in the Green Mountain State. In addition to honoring those who make a significant contribution to the state's sports legacy, the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame will promote and provide inspiration in sports and recreation to the state's youth.
Click HERE for the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame's Mission Statement.
VSHOF Inaugural Class Inducted November 17, 2012
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The Vermont Sports Hall of Fame honored 13 of the finest Green Mountain State athletes and contributors when it inducted its inaugural class on November 17, 2012. The first annual VSHOF Induction Dinner and Celebration was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington. Click HERE for more information on the 2012 inductees.