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 The Year in Review

2011-2012

This has been a very busy year for the Board of Directors of the Amityville Memorial High School Sports Hall of Fame.  The inaugural induction ceremony was held on October 14, 2011 at Amityville Memorial High School.  Eighteen former athletes, coaches and contributors were inducted into the Hall of Fame.  Three hundred and seventy-five people attended the dinner event with many raving about the fantastic time they had meeting and greeting old and new friends.

The board met a few days after the ceremony and critiqued the entire process and ceremony, taking many notes to make the 2012 Hall of Fame gala bigger and better.

The board’s next vision was to get work started on the “Memory Lane” brick project.  Chairman Reynolds Hawkins and Treasurer Jerry Pollock took on the challenge.  In June, just in time for the 2012 graduates to walk across, the first 20 bricks were laid at the entrance to the track.  Many positive comments about the "Memory Lane” bricks were made by those attending graduation. We are now preparing for the next 20 bricks to be engraved and added to “Memory Lane.” 

Thanks to the hard work of co-chairmen Claude Byer and Bruce Pescitelli, the inaugural Sports Hall of Fame journal was well received allowing family members and friends, community organizations, and businesses to extend well wishes to our inductees.  Claude and Bruce agreed to co-chair this committee again this year.

On June 1st, the tough process of selecting the second class for the Amityville Sports Hall of Fame began.  The board was extremely pleased with the number of nominations submitted.  The board seriously reviewed each nomination at length over several meetings before making the final selections. 

The board thanks everyone who took the time to submit names for the Sports Hall of Fame and remind those that were not voted into the Hall of Fame this year that the names submitted will be included in the nomination process for five years.

The Amityville High School Sports Hall of Fame board thanks the Amityville school administration and the Board of Education as well as the community at large for all their support in making the Amityville High School Sports Hall of Fame a continued success.