2012 International Hall of Fame Sports Gala press release
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RENO TAHOE WINTER GAMES COALITION
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS HALL OF FAME DINNER GALA
Athletes to be enshrined for their accomplishments on and off the field
The Reno-Tahoe region has a proud history of producing world class athletes including dozens of Olympians, Paralympians, coaches and sports pioneers. Many of them still make the region their home and continue to carry on the tradition of sport legacy by helping develop the next generation of talent. It is the commitment of the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition (RTWGC) to honor these premiere sports figures and their endeavors by creating The Reno Tahoe International Sports Hall of Fame. This gala event will honor their career achievements as well as their contribution to our communities. This formal and festive evening will proudly induct four of the region’s finest in competitive sport.
The Reno native won three consecutive Nevada State Amateur Golf Championships (1947-49), competed in golf and skiing for the University of Nevada was a winner of the famed Silver Dollar Derby ski race and was the first winner of the Reno Air Race in 1964. Adams also flew F4s and F15s in the U.S. Air Force and was the commander of the Reno Air National Guard.
Born in Reno and raised in Tahoe City, Shannon is the only U.S. women to win multiple Olympic Freestyle Skiing medals. She won a silver medal in Moguls during the 2002 Salt Lake Games and a bronze medal in the same event during the 2010 Vancouver Games. Shannon is also the 2003 World Cup Champion. Shannon reached the podium in duel moguls at a pair of World Championships and is the 2009 U.S. National Champion.
The Douglas High graduate was the 11th player selected in the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft by the Seattle Mariners. Shawn made his biggest splash in the majors after being traded to the San Francisco Giants in 1995. He won a career-high 19 games in 1996 and helped the Giants win a pair of division titles (1997 & 2000). Shawn ended his career with 101 victories, making him the only northern Nevadan to win at least 100 MLB games.
First moved to Reno to attend the University of Nevada to play football after serving in the military. The longtime high school coach, administrator and athletic director served in various roles at three area high schools (Hug, Wooster and Bishop Manogue). While most noted for his years as a football coach, Joe also coached wrestling, baseball and softball. Seller’s teams won 250 of the 295 games while he was on the sidelines and his Wooster Colts won seven large school state championships, making him the coach with the most wins in Nevada football history.
High School Athletic Achievement Awards:
This award is new to our program in 2012. Deserving athletes, teams or schools are recognized for their accomplishments in the field of play and/or the classroom and their communities. We are pleased to announce winners for this inaugural honor:
Lowry High School, Winnemucca:
The student-athletes of this north central Nevada community have excelled to record levels both on and off the playing field over the past few years. The Buckaroos have claimed eight state championships in a variety of sports, including four consecutive wrestling titles. As impressively, Lowry’s student athletes set a Nevada record during the 2011-12 school year producing nine state academic championship teams.
Saturday, Nov.17, 2012 starting at 5:30pm (PST)
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St., Reno, Nev.
Formed in 2003 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the RTWGC’ s mission is to promote the Olympic Movement throughout Reno-Tahoe by hosting, facilitating, and embracing competitions and events showcasing the region’s ability to be a premier sports destination. The private and public sector supporters that comprise the RTWGC are committed to the mission of having Reno-Tahoe selected as the next North American region to host the Olympic Winter Games.
Reno-Tahoe has a proud history of producing world-class athletes including dozens of Olympians and Paralympians. Many of those athletes call Reno-Tahoe home and carry on our sporting legacy by helping develop the next generation of talent. The RTWGC is committed to honoring these premier athletes, coaches, and sports pioneers for their accomplishments and contributions to the region. The RTWGC’s International Sports Hall of Fame has been created to forever enshrine the best of our elite athletes and to celebrate their careers.
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