The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame has selected its 2010 slate of honorees. This year’s class includes Ben Bourgeois, Terry Holland, Joe Miller, and Sherriedale Morgan (posthumously).
The GWSHOF was formed in 2006 in order to honor those who have brought recognition to the Greater Wilmington area and themselves, by their excellence in the sports world. Past inductees include Leon Brogden, Roman Gabriel, Wayne Jackson, Sonny Jurgensen and Meadowlark Lemon (2006 Class); Bill Brooks, Jap Davis, Tommy Green, Althea Gibson, and Jack Holley (2007 Class); Buck Hardee, Clyde Simmons, Cathy Johnston Forbes, Hoss Ellington, and Wray Carlton (2008 Class);and E.A. “Spike” Corbin, Chester McGlockton, George Rountree, III, Brian M. Rowsom, and Helen Grey Smith (2009 Class).
The proceeds of this event support the Bill Dooley Scholarship Program which benefits high school student athletes. The inductees will select the high school that the four scholarships, valued at $1500 each, will be awarded. The college or university bound high school seniors are selected by their school administration and must meet other criteria. “These students are not only rewarded for their outstanding achievements in athletics but also for their good academics and being fine community citizens”, says Rosborough.
Festivities will kick off on Saturday, May 1st, at the Cape Fear National Golf Course at Brunswick Forrest. “Players will have a chance to win a car on each par 3 if they make a hole-in-one,” says Golf Tournament Coordinator Joe Robinson. “I believe this will be one of the best golf tournament this area has ever seen”. Registration will begin at 9:30AM with tee times starting at 10:00AM.
On Sunday, May 2nd, the GWSHOF will honor this class into membership at their fifth annual banquet at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Burney Center. The Atlantic Packaging Corporation Reception and Silent Auction will begin at 5:00 P.M. The induction ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:30 P.M. Kevin Reilly, formally of the Philadelphia Eagles, will act as Master of Ceremonies.
“We are at the fifth year mark. This is a huge milestone for our non-profit organization”, says Chairman Jon Rosborough. “I am so impressed that there is a plethora of high deserving, well-respected inductees out of our area”.
For more information on the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame, including membership in the Hall of Fame Club and ticket information for this year’s event, go to www.gwilmingtonsportshof.com or call Dick Jones at the Wilmington Family YMCA at (910)-251-9622 ext. 228.
Photos of the inductees are available upon request. Please call or email Courtney Holton at the contact information provided above.