Athletic Hall of Fame
Athletic Hall of Fame
Almont High School Athletic Hall of Fame
For many years the alumni and community of Almont has been discussing establishing an Athletic Hall of Fame. Former athletic director, Rebecca Byam, now retired, started contacting individuals in the Almont community to see who would be interested in serving on a committee to pursue this interest. The first meeting occurred on March 25th 2015. John Bacholzky, Rebecca Byam, Paul Bowman, Steve Edwards, Don Eschenburg, Sue Frederiksen, Nathan Immekus, and Pete Wedemeyer have been meeting since then drafting the bylaws of the organization as well as creating nomination criteria. The committee has been working closely with the Superintendent, Joe Candela, athletic director, Mark Wiegand, Athletic Boosters and the Coaches Council on this endeavor. The Hall of Fame Council was formally recognized by the Almont Board of Education at the July meeting.
Hall of Fame funding was initially started with donations in memory of a former athlete, Bob Hamilton. Bob was an outstanding Almont athlete (football, basketball, baseball and track) who was injured in a work accident in the summer between his junior and senior year. The committee is now looking at how to fund the program in the future and has established a website for donations.
After formal recognition from the Board of Education the committee launched a campaign to create awareness of the new Almont Athletic Hall of Fame by setting up booths at both the August Summer Homecoming and the fall high school homecoming. For further information links can be found at almontschools.org under athletics. Both nomination and donation forms can be found with these links.
The intent of the committee will be to induct several deserving athletes, teams, and contributors in the first 3 years of the program, and to have no more than 5 inductions from the 3 categories in the following years. The first few years will be devoted to catching up on historical Hall of Famers. The wall outside of the Almont High School gym will be used to display the plaques of the inductees. The plan will be to induct the first Hall of Fame Class in late January or early February of 2016. We will be accepting nominations for the first induction ceremony until December 31, 2015.
Individuals and teams may be nominated from 3 categories. The criteria for consideration will be the following:
- Athlete: Any person or teams who distinguished himself/herself in the field of athletics while a student at Almont High School. The nominee must be 5 years removed from Almont High School.
- Coach: Any coach with at least 10 years coaching experience at Almont Community Schools. The nominee must be removed from the coaching staff for 5 years. Criteria for consideration should be based on accomplishments that merit statewide recognition or significant contributions to the athletic programs at Almont High School.
- Contributor: An individual who has made outstanding contributions to the interscholastic athletic programs at Almont High School.