April 7, 2010
TACOMA, Wash. - Several former University of Washington student-athletes will be honored this summer as inductees into the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame.
Curtis Allen (basketball, 2001-03), Ray Barnes (football, 1950), Jakke Davis (track & field, 1983-84), Darold Talley (football, 1949-51) and Dan Vaughn (soccer, 1974-77) will be among those honored at the Tacoma Athletic Commission's annual Banquet of Champions on Thursday, June 3rd in the Exhibition Hall at the Tacoma Dome.
A social hour will be held at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm and the program from 7:00-9:00pm. This celebration will be emceed by Tacoma native and former KIRO-TV news anchor Gary Justice and will feature the Columbia Bank Male and Female High School Athletes of the Year recipients, Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame inductees, MVP Physical Therapy Most Valuable Player honorees, the First Family of Sport Awards, Dick Hannula Amateur Athlete of the Year recipient, the Clay Huntington Sports Communication Scholarship, and the Connelly Law Offices' Award for Officiating Excellence.
A special feature this year will honor three inductees into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame: internationally-known mountain climbers Jim and Lou Whittaker and longtime Puyallup high and Central Washington University basketball coach, Dean Nicholson.
The Male and Female High School Athlete of the Year recipients will each receive a $2500 scholarship to the college of their choice. These award culminate the monthly recognition program sponsored by the TAC and Columbia Bank during the school year. All 33 high schools in Pierce County are invited to attend.
Guest speakers in recent years have included Seattle Storm All-Star guard Sue Bird; former Washington State University football coach Jim Walden; Seattle Seahawk quarterback Brock Huard; track Olympian Doris Brown Heritage; Lorenzo Romar, University of Washington men's head basketball coach; and Frosty Westering, former Pacific Lutheran University football coaching legend.
For ticket infomration or sponsorship, visit the event website by clicking here or contact Marc Blau at 253-677-2872 or 253-848-1360 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame was the brainchild of longtime sportscaster, sports writer, and radio station owner Clay Huntington who, in 1957, encouraged the Tacoma Athletic Commission to recognize the community's great sports stars for their outstanding athletic achievements over the years. Individuals who have brought significant local and regional acclaim to themselves and to the Tacoma-Pierce County area are honored with induction into this prestigious Hall of Fame.