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Revere Athletic Hall of Fame debuting this year

3/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

BATH — Starting this fall, the best athletes from the history of Revere High School will be honored with enshrinement in the Revere High School Athletic Hall of Fame (HOF).

According to school officials, the stated goal of the Athletic HOF is to “recognize and honor the outstanding achievements of teams, individuals, coaches and contributors who helped create and carry on an excellent athletic tradition at Revere.”

A sports HOF is an important way for a school “to show our current and future athletes the great tradition that exists here,” said Phil Heyn, a member of the Revere Athletic HOF Committee.

“With over 60 years of tradition-rich athletics, it is important to recognize and honor all of our past athletic alumni’s achievements and contributions,” he said. “We want to have our inductees serve as a model and motivation to our current and future athletes. We want them to want to be on that wall someday.”

Heyn said putting together the HOF has been a “five or six year” process.

“We currently have an all-encompassing school hall of fame at Revere, and we were getting some tremendous athletes nominated, but their high school athletic accomplishments weren’t quite enough to garner induction into the school hall of fame,” he said. “So I brought the idea to [Athletic Director Bill] Schumacher and [former principal Bill] Adams, and we started to work to put one together. It stalled for a few years because of more pressing issues. Then, under the leadership of Mr. Schumacher and [current Principal Phil] King, it gained momentum this past fall and became a reality this spring.”

Revere’s first Athletic HOF class will be inducted this fall.

“There will be a ceremony at halftime of the first home football game,” Heyn said. “Each inductee will receive his or her own plaque, which will include a picture of the inductee, the name of inductee, the sport or sports participated in and a brief list of accomplishments. Each HOF class will be recognized on a picture plaque, which will be hung on a wall just outside the gymnasium.”

According to Heyn, the Athletic HOF Committee is comprised of the following: the school’s athletic director; the school’s principal; the Revere Board of Education president or an appointed member; a teacher or an appointed member; one or two coaches from the boys sports teams; one or two coaches from the girls sports teams; and the president of the Revere All-Sports Booster Club. If any member of the committee becomes nominated for induction, the HOF’s general guidelines require that person to “recuse themselves from the process until their nomination is no longer valid (for five years) or until they are inducted,” he said.

“The Hall of Fame Committee will evaluate the nominees, openly discuss their qualifications and then vote,” Heyn said. “Each nominee will be looked at based on their accomplishments at Revere, in college and/or at the national level — professional, Olympics, etc.”

The Athletic HOF’s general guidelines for induction include criteria for nominations. According to the guidelines, while the criteria should be considered “when evaluating the nominees, they are not necessarily requirements.”

According to the guidelines, for teams, the following criteria is suggested: “It must be at least seven years from the team’s last competition date. Exceptional team achievements may be defined as undefeated seasons, league championships, district championships, regional championships and state tournament appearances or championships. Teams must have had school varsity status during the season for which they are being nominated. No more than one team in any year may be selected, and the committee may choose not to select any team.”

According to the guidelines, for individual athletes, the following criteria is suggested: “Graduated from Revere High School at least seven years ago. Demonstrated a high degree of skill and performance, earned an MVP [most valuable player] award in a selected sport, was voted to an all-state team or an all-conference team, competed on a Suburban League championship team, was a statistical leader or record holder in a selected sport.”

Heyn said the committee has not set up a target number of enshrinees per year.

“We are looking at quality, rather than quantity, so there is not a minimum number of inductees each year,” he said. “However, the maximum number is 12 in the first three years and then six in subsequent years.”

Currently, the HOF Committee is “accepting nominations for exceptional student athletes and teams that graduated or competed prior to 2008, as well as deserving coaches and contributors,” Heyn said.

“Anyone can make a nomination,” he noted. “Nomination forms may be obtained at the Revere High School Athletic Office or by visiting www.revereschools.org/RAA.”

All nominations must be submitted to the Athletic HOF Committee no later than April 30 to be considered for induction this fall, Heyn said.

For more details on the Athletic HOF, contact Heyn at pheyn@revereschools.org or Schumacher at 330-523-3205 or bschumacher@revereschools.org.

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