Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Nomination for 2013 Orrville Sports Hall of Fame Induction Due March 1st
The induction will be held in the newly refurbished OHS auditorium. It may be the first chance for the general public to see the completely renovated space, and will surely add a special touch to the evening.
As always, the Sports Hall of Fame committee needs your help in recognizing the great in OHS athletic history. No person can be inducted without first being nominated and nominations are not made by the committee. That last part bears repeating....THE COMMITTEE DOES NOT MAKE NOMINATIONS.
Nominations typically come from a family member, friend, classmate, parent, child, grandchild or member of the Orrville community.
A nominee must be at least 25 years old. Nominees can be coaches that weren't graduates of OHS, but coached at OHS. Athletic success at OHS is an obvious requirement, but many inductees and nominees saw greater success at the college level, and that can sometimes strengthen a nominees chances for induction. In short, it's not just what someone did while at OHS...it's sometimes what they do AFTER the leave OHS that can set them apart.
Once nominations are received, all nominees accomplishments are discussed and the list is trimmed down to 20 finalists, and from that 20, a maximum of 10 nominees are selected, by majority vote of the committee, for induction.
Nominations for the 2013 induction class are due by March 1st, so now is the time to get someone you believe is worthy of induction on the list of nominees.
A nomination form is here...and if I can make a suggestion...just nominate the person...you don't need to have pages and pages of newspaper clippings and awards. Just the basic info on someone will do to get them nominated. Members of the HOF committee know Orrville greats from back in the 30's and 40's. If they were an accomplished athlete at Orrville, someone on the committee will know of them.
Here is the list of current inductees. I know there has been discussion in the past as to why an individual hasn't been inducted and usually it's two reasons....they were selected for induction but turned down the honor, or they have never been nominated. Sometimes though there are a lot of deserving nominees and some get in and some fall a vote or two short. It's a process and certainly not one taken lightly.
The OHS Sports Hall of Fame also provides two $1,000 scholarships to a male and female OHS senior at the Senior Assembly in May. Funds for that scholarship are raised from the annual golf outing held at Riceland Golf Course. This year's outing is set for Saturday June 8th...more info on that will be coming later.