The inaugural Calhoun-Gordon County Sports Hall of Fame class includes 14 athletes and coaches the Board of Directors says made significant contributions to the community.
The local Sports Hall of Fame was formed in April 2014 to honor citizens who brought positive recognition to Calhoun and Gordon County as athletes, coaches or others in sports-related fields.
Class of 2015 inductees are Sharon Adamson Bass, Billy Bearden (deceased), Monyette Chattam, Charlie Culberson, Kris Durham, Mitch Frix, Pete Garigan, Freda Hunt Glass, Chip Henderson, Hal Lamb, Bob Nance, Vaughn Robbins, Diane Smith and Ray Tucker.
“The Board of Directors is excited to congratulate the members of our first class of the Sports Hall of Fame,” the Board said in a statement. “These individuals are true legends and we are proud they represent our community. Gordon County has a great history in sports and we look forward to honoring the inaugural class of the Calhoun-Gordon County Sports Hall of Fame at our annual banquet, through our website and in our future museum.”
The board is comprised of volunteers, who are working to raise money for the nonprofit and plan for its future, which they say will include a museum to display inductees and document local sports history. Visit www.cgcshf.com for more information on corporate and individual sponsorships.
President Dewayne Bowen said the Board used a sophisticated voting process to select the first group of inductees from about 40 finalists.
“We want our organization to be of the highest integrity, so our nominating committee, led by Scott Fletcher, spent considerable time developing a fair and effective system for Board member voting,” Bowen said. “The final voting was monitored and tallied by a local CPA firm, independent of the Board of Directors. This was a very difficult process because of the number of great nominations we received. We made a decision prior to any voting to limit the first class to 14 individuals, but were very impressed with the many nominations submitted.” Organizers plan each year to induct seven to 10 “old timers” and seven to 10 modern era contributors, whose accomplishments were made during or after 1970.
“We also want to thank those who made nominations,” Bowen added. “Nominations are active for three years and those individuals will be considered each year.”
The induction ceremony is set for Aug. 15 at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Calhoun facility.