Sports Hall of Fame postpones inductions until 2021.

April 20, 2020

Sports Hall of Fame postpones inductions until 2021.

The Mason County Sports Hall of Fame has postponed its Class of 2020 induction events, which were originally scheduled for June 27. The ceremonies have been rescheduled to June 26, 2021. 

The decision was made at the April 15 meeting of the hall of fame board due to the many uncertainties related to the Covid-19 virus, and the related social distancing and the overall concerns for the wellness and safety of all individuals and groups supporting this event, that it would be in the best interest of all people who would be involved to cancel this year’s unveiling and induction banquet until June of 2021, according to a press release from the organization.  

“This is a major disappointment for our board of directors and to our honored athletes that were being inducted into the Class of 2020,” explained MCSHOF President Vic Burwell.  “There have been countless hours of preparation and many plans established for travel, and reconnecting with family, friends, and community, that occur during this wonderful event that honors those who have achieved so much in their athletic participation in Mason County and to share memories and relive this amazing accomplishments. Our area’s athletic legacy will continue to be remembered and honored by the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame.”
The Class of 2020 is comprised of the following: Bob Ayers (Fast Pitch Softball); Adam Johnson (Soccer); David Killips (Tennis); Annie (Tewel) Sadosty (Basketball/Track); Kelly Smith (Motor Cross); and the MCC 2007 Girls Volleyball State Runner-up team. 

However, the MCSHOF decided that it would honor an area high school male and female athlete of the year and provide the associated scholarships that accompany that recognition.  “It was such a disappointing athletic year for many senior students, and the board wanted to select two deserving student athletes to continue this tradition,” quipped Burwell.  “in a year in which athletes have experienced great disappointment in not being able to complete in spring sports and advanced competition.  These outstanding athletes will be selected in June of 2020 and will receive their scholarships and appropriate recognition, even without the annual banquet event.” 

In addition, the MCSHOF board decided that it would continue to establish their new venue, as restrictions allow with the virus social distancing and shut down regulations, of “Beyond the Game: The Value of Sports!” in collaboration with the Mason County Historical Society, under the leadership of consultant Valerie VanHeest.   The opening celebration of the venue of inspiration at Historic White Pine Village, will be announced once public gatherings are permitted. 

                                                                            

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