The Greater Mount Airy Sports Hall of Fame decided earlier this year that it would take a break in 2016 and not induct any new members for a year. However, it was decided that there would still be an assembly of all current and past members.
All of the living inductees and members of the Ring of Honor, a separate section of the Hall of Fame for non-residents of the city who have performed meritorious service to sports in the City of Mount Airy, and their families were invited to assemble on Sunday, May 7 in the gym at Mount Airy High School for a reunion. About 35 dignitaries were present for the assembly, which was organized by Catrina Alexander and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, and hosted by members of the Hall of Fame Committee.
The MAHS Pep Band greeted those who arrived, and Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Ben Cooke read the names of all of the current members of the Hall of Fame, asking those who were in attendance, or their families if the member was deceased, to stand up when their name was called. Included in the audience were the family of 2016 inductee Donald Price, who was named to the Hall of Fame a few months before passing away from cancer last spring. Fellow 2016 inductee Sarah Knott, a former Lady Bear sports standout who is still active in the school’s sports program, and current Mount Airy High athletic standout Sarah Lankford addressed the audience later in the program.
Another member of the Selection Committee, David Beal, gave a brief history of the Hall of Fame to this point, and later discussed plans that are afoot to honor past, present and future members of the Hall by putting their names in the school commons area, where the most recent championship banners from Granite Bear state championship teams are hung. In addition, they hope to install an updated scoreboard at Wallace Shelton Stadium that would include a video screen as well as more recognition for sponsors of Mount Airy athletics.
Mount Airy Commissioner and MAHS head baseball coach Jon Cawley offered the invocation for the reunion, and food and refreshments were provided by Mount Airy City Schools’ student nutrition staff.
Nominations are already being taken for the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. Forms are available at the Parks and Recreation Department or online at http://www.mountairy.org/DocumentCenter/View/107. They will be accepted through January 31, 2018.