Leadville Sports Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations
The Leadville – Lake County Sports Hall of Fame is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Induction Banquet. If you have someone in mind to nominate, you’d be wise to start putting their application together, because – as it should be – the process is a bit involved. In fact, a commonly asked question is “Why isn’t so-and-so in the Sports Hall of Fame?” The answer is typically, “No one has officially nominated them.”
In order for someone to be “officially” nominated to the Leadville – Lake County Sports Hall of Fame (SHF), a nomination portfolio of the potential candidate must be assembled. The history and accomplishments of the individual must be proven via supporting materials that give authenticity to the achievements of the nominee, which are highly regarded by the voting panel. Examples of supporting materials may include: certificates, photographs, newspaper articles, historical documents, letters of recommendation, and film footage. Photocopies are accepted.
The SHF maintains an ongoing list of partial nominations. These individuals usually received a letter of recommendation, but without supporting material it is difficult for the committee to create a bio and induction plaque if they do not correctly know what the accomplishments are or the years they occurred. There is no doubt that many of these individuals will be inducted someday, but not until the board is presented with the adequate amount of information.
Nominations may be submitted at any time. However, to be considered for induction for the 2016 Induction Banquet, nominations must be received by April 17. A ballot is constructed from the official nominations. The nine member Sports Hall of Fame Board will anonymously vote for their top selections.
The Leadville-Lake County Sports Hall of Fame is prestigious and the pool of nominees continues to be competitive. Established in 2002, the Leadville-Lake County Sports Hall of Fame is the official Sports Hall of Fame for Lake County, the City of Leadville, and the Lake County School District. To date 21 individuals and 4 teams have been inducted. A sample of inductees is currently on display at City Hall.
Hall of Fame Also Seeking Massive Award Nominations
In addition to Induction applications, The Leadville – Lake County Sports Hall of Fame is soliciting nominees for its Massive Awards (years 2013 – 2016). The Massive Award is given to the Lake County Athlete of the Year or the Lake County Contributor of the Year. The recipient must have demonstrated outstanding achievement towards athletics, leadership, sportsmanship, or recreation. Contributor of the Year can be an entity, business, or an organization. Established in 2007, the honor is awarded at the Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet which is typically held on even years. Previous recipients are:
- 2007: Dano Aldaz represented the U.S. in the World Deaf Golf Championships where his team was crowned champions, Dano placed 9th overall as an individual.
- 2008: Camille Dupont completed his collegiate wrestling career as a two time All-American, National Runner-up, and was named the Colorado Wrestler of the Year.
- 2009: Peter Frykholm spearheaded the Community Park Project. His leadership and foresight were the catalyst for an extraordinary grassroots campaign that raised over $1.2 million, logged 9,200 volunteer hours, moved 25,000 cubic yards of earth to convert a Superfund site –where the Western Zinc Oxide Mill once reigned— into a public sports complex.
- 2010: AJ Salazar completed his Sophomore wrestling season with a record of 37-3. He was a Colorado State Champion, Frontier League Champion, and Frontier League Wrestler of the Year. In addition, he was the USA Wrestling Greco State Champion, Grappling State Champion, and Freestyle State Runner-up.
- 2011: Alex Willis completed his collegiate career at the University of New Mexico as a member of the Lobo’s Cross Country team that was crowned Mountain West Conference Champions and NCAA Regional Champions. Willis earned his third Academic All-Conference selection, and was also named All-Mountain West in the 3000m Steeple Chase during the track & field season.
Nominations should be sent to PO Box 723, Leadville, Colo 80461 or email@example.com by April 30. For additional information about the Leadville-Lake County Sports Hall of Fame visit: www.leadvillesportshall.com.