FONDA - The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District will honor the first class of the newly developed Athletic Hall of Fame during homecoming weekend.
The first class, which is being called the "Legends Class," consists of former coaches and administrators who have helped establish the foundation of Fonda-Fultonville athletics, Athletic Director Eric Wilson said recently.
The group will be honored before the Fonda-Fultonville homecoming football game Oct. 12.
"We're excited for it," Wilson said about the event. "We're going to honor them and recognize them and speak about them for a little bit then give them their plaques."
The individuals include:
Last year, Wilson said, he was thinking about why the district didn't have an Athletic Hall of Fame. He said he asked around and people told him it was too much work.
With the encouragement of Superintendent Ray Colucciello, Wilson said, he decided to create the hall of fame.
Wilson said he did some research and asked about 25 people who they think of when they think of Fonda-Fultonville athletics, and who they think helped start and build the athletic programs at the school district.
He said the choices were "pretty much unanimous."
Wilson said the "Legends Class" is going to get the ball rolling with the hall of fame process for FFCS.
Next year, the automatic inductees will be included into the hall. These people include Olympic participants, a national champions, those that received all-American honors and state champions or a players of the year in New York State.
In 2015, Wilson said, nominations for more hall of fame members will be taken.
"I think it's a great program," said Timonthy Wendell, president of the Board of Education.