PETER K INTRODUCES HALL OF FAMERS

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SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME

Tickets to the Space Coast Hall of Fame induction dinner may be purchased by calling 321-749-1282, or e-mail MaverickMultimedia@gmail.com.

BREVARD COUNTY • FLORIDA —  The inaugural class of the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame was announced today as 26 inductees will be enshrined at the first annual ceremony.

CLICK ON THE MAGAZINE COVER to read about the 2012 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

For more than a century, athletes from Brevard have been considered among the finest in America and now their accomplishments will be honored and memorialized with the creation of the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.

Maverick Multimedia, the parent company of SpaceCoastDaily.com, as well as Space Coast Sports magazine, Space Coast Medicine and Central Florida Medicine magazines, has created the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame, with support from Space Coast Sports Promotions and Bright House Networks.

This inaugural class of inductees will be enshrined on Friday, May 11 at the 2012 Induction Banquet and Annual Sports Awards at the Cocoa Beach County Club.

The first-year class of inductees were selected from nominees in seven categories including professional sports, college sports, high school sports and amateur sports.

Special honorary recognition will also be bestowed upon individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to sports on the Space Coast.

The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony will take place at the Cocoa Beach Country Club on Friday, May 11 with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. with the dinner and ceremony at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $50 by calling 321-749-1282, or MaverickMultimedia@gmail.com

PROFESSIONAL
Cris Collinsworth, Football
Wilber Marshall, Football
Kelly Slater, Surfing
Tim Wakefield, Baseball

COLLEGE
Bob Anderson, Football
Mitzi Kremer, Swimming
Kelly Kretschman, Softball
Reggie Nelson, Football
Matt Walters, football

PREP
Dr. Zundra Feagin Aubry, Track
Leon Bright, Football
Kayla Hale, Cross Country, Track
Ashlyn Harris, Soccer
Clint Hurdle, Baseball

AMATEUR
Doug Butler, Running
Bunny Cederlund, Swimming
Sherri France, Softball
Vicky Hurst, Golf
Robin Dolan Keener, Tennis

COACHES
Mike Gaudy, Prep Basketball
Chuck Goldfarb, Prep Baseball
Floyd Horgen, College Golf
Gerald Odom, Prep Football
Rick Stottler, College Soccer

SPORTS VISIONARY
Dr. Anthony Catanese, Florida Tech Football

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Bill Sargent, Outdoors Journalist

A special committee selected the inagural Class of 2012 with input from school administrators, athletic directors, coaches and the public.

Organizing & Selection Committee

Serving on the committee are Maverick Multimedia President & CEO Tom Palermo, Vice President Giles Malone, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo, Managing Editor Ed Pierce, award-winning sports columnist Peter Kerasotis, Health First Founder and 40-year resident, Larry Garrison and Space Coast Sports Promotions President Rusty Buchanan.

“This recognition is something that is long overdue here,” Tom Palermo said.

“The list of potential and deserving candidates included athletes and coaches everybody knows – and some that may have been forgotten with the passing of time.”

Venue To Pay Tribute

Kerasotis has been covering sports on the Space Coast for five decades and was selected the country’s best sports columnist in 2011 by the Football Writers Association of America.

“I’ve always been proud of the sports figures our county has produced, and even prouder that I’ve chronicled their achievements and consider many of them close friends,” Kerasotis said.

“I now look forward to being a part of the organizing committee.”

Avid sports fan, Dr. Jim Palermo, said, “I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to live and work in Brevard County for 28 years, during which time I’ve had the pleasure of watching and following so many superlative athletes ascend through local junior and school sports programs to the college level, and some into the pros.”

READ MORE: Sports HOF Celebrates Area’s Rich History

Pierce said he is humbled to sit on the committee and believes the annual Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame inductions will become a cherished event and tradition for Brevard residents.

“Every day we are inspired and awed by the feats and achievements of athletes from this county,” he said.

“To create a venue to pay tribute to these talented men and women is a small way of thanking them for the enduring memories they have provided for all of us on the playing fields over the decades.”

Record-Breaking Performances

Maverick Multimedia, with support from Space Coast Sports Promotions and Bright House Networks, has created the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame, honoring people at four levels: professional, college, high school, and amateur. From left: Giles Malone, Maverick; Rusty Buchanan, Space Coast Sports Promotions; Keith Malone, Maverick; Larry Garrison, nominating committee member; Tom Palermo, Maverick; and Dr. Jim Palermo, Maverick. They are at Space Coast Stadium in Viera. (Image courtesy of Brevard Business News)

Malone said he’s often wondered why, with so many outstanding athletes calling Brevard County home, that there previously has not been a way to highlight their skills and record-breaking performances in so many different sports. “Athletes from the Space Coast are woven into the fabric of our lives,” said Malone.

“We have grown up with them. We’ve gone to school with them and watched them stand out in sports arenas and stadiums throughout the world. It makes sense that finally there will be a place to acknowledge what they have done and how proud we are of them.”

More details about the Hall of Fame will be forthcoming, Buchanan said.

“We feel this is certainly going to be something very special,” he said. “I am excited to find out who will be nominated and honored.”

The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony will take place at the Cocoa Beach Country Club on Friday, May 11 with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and dinner and ceremony at 7 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased for $50 by calling 321-749-1282, or e-mail MaverickMultimedia@gmail.com.

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31 Comments on "PETER K INTRODUCES HALL OF FAMERS"

  1. Robert Cooke April 17, 2012 at 10:00 am · Reply

    Congratulations to Kayla Hale and Coach Doug Butler as they are 2 of the most accomplished athletes ever on the Space Coast. Kayla was a 3 time Foot Locker Finalist with numerous State Championships coached by one of the most tenacious Space Coast runners ever in Coach Butler. Congratulations to both of them ! Go Tigers !

    Bob Cooke
    DistancePreps.com

  2. Jerry Bird April 18, 2012 at 11:22 am · Reply

    Congratulations to Coach Butler and Kayla Hale. They have contributed so much to the running community in Brevard County. It is nice to see that non-runners recognize the accomplishments attained in a sport that is not high in profile.

  3. Hal Hanna June 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm · Reply

    As time goes by, you really ought to think about Bill Jurgens of FIT being a member of the BCSH. He has done so much, for so many, for so long, he really deserves to be looked at when the next class is chosen.

    • Cynthia June 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm · Reply

      I concur with Hal — Bill Jurgens of FIT would be an outstanding candidate for the 2013 Hall of Fame class.

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