Finding ways to honor athletes of the past can be a challenge for schools, but Robinson High School is doing their part is making sure they recognize the stories history of their athletic program.
RHS Athletic Director Kelly Brookman proposed the idea of a Hall of Fame at RHS to the school board several months ago and the idea was well received. Now, it is going to become a reality later this year.
Brookman announced recently that the inaugural class of the Robinson High School Hall of Fame will be inducted in December.
"This is something I talked about doing when I started as AD," Brookman said. "After we retired Meyers Leonard's jersey, it sparked the want to do something to recognize all the quality athletes and coaches we've had at RHS. I thought a Hall of Fame would be a great way to do it."
The decision to hold it then was made because there is less chance of weather affecting it than at a football game or other outdoor activity.
Brookman added nominations are currently being accepted and submissions will be taken until the fourth Friday in September (Sept. 27). The 10 inductees to be honored will then be announced on Nov. 1.
"This year there will be 10 inductees, then we will add five a year after that," Brookman said. "The ceremony will be held at the first home boys' basketball game (Dec. 13 against Casey-Westfield)."
A dinner will be held prior to the Dec. 13 basketball game in the RHS cafeteria, then then inductees will be announced on the court at halftime of the varsity game.
Each inductee will receive a plaque that includes a Hall of Fame letter which is similar to a varsity letter that athletes receive during their high school careers. A plaque will also be added to the wall outside of the RHS gym with all the Hall of Fame inductees' names on it.
While Brookman wanted to make this idea a reality, she didn't want to have a Hall of Fame just to have a Hall of Fame. As a result, she contacted several schools in the area who already have an established Hall of Fame to see how they went about creating theirs and how it works. Then, Brookman took all the information she received an created a set of criteria that fit her and the school's idea of what a Hall of Fame athlete or coach should be.
"We have had enough quality athletes come through here to do this, but we also want it to mean something," Brookman said. "We want it to be done right."
Aiding the process was a sizeable donation Leonard made at his jersey retirement ceremony. Brookman said hat money had been earmarked for this project from the get-go and was set aside to help start the process.
Anyone interested in nominating someone for the Hall of Fame can contact Brookman to get an application form or go on the RHS Athletics page at www.robinsonschools.com and click the Hall of Fame link.
All applications will be reviewed by the selection committee, which includes the current Athletic Director (Brookman), the previous Athletic Director (Terry Roche), Booster Club President (Charissa Smith/Nikki Kelly), School Board President (Bill Sandiford) and Principal (Victoria McDonald).