The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame will conduct its 48th annual UMSHoF Induction Banquet on Thursday, Mar. 31, at Jungle Island on Watson Island.
Headlining the class are 2001 football National Champions Willis McGahee and Joaquin Gonzalez; Will Allen, Miami’s first African-American basketball player, and World Series Champion Jon Jay. The stellar class includes women’s tennis great Megan Bradley, football’s John Mackey Award winner Kellen Winslow Jr., women’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer Tamara James and two-time National Champion swimming coach Charlie Hodgson.
“The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to induct its 2016 class that once again represents some of the finest athletes and coaches to wear the Orange, Green and White,” said UMSHoF president Gerard Loisel. “We are proud to recognize their accomplishments as we welcome them into the UM Sports Hall of Fame.”
Athletics director Blake James added, “The UM Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016 is representative of the excellence displayed by the thousands of Hurricane coaches and athletes over the years.
“The individuals to be honored achieved remarkable success during their time in Coral Gables and, for many, on fields and courts well beyond South Florida. On behalf of the Hurricane Family, I want to congratulate all of the inductees and to thank them for their contributions to ‘The U.’”
Tickets for the 48th annual UMSHoF Induction Banquet are $100 each, or a table of 10 for $1,000. In addition, a Super Table of 10 can be purchased for $1,500, which includes preferred seating and a quarter page advertisement in the banquet program. For information contact the UMSHoF at 305-284-2775 or go to UMSportsHallofFame.com.
The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization founded in 1966 by eight Dade County Circuit Court judges, all Miami alumni, who wanted to establish an organization that would recognize those student-athletes, coaches and administrators who excelled at their sport and brought acclaim to the university through their achievements and championships. With the addition of the Class of 2016, only 300 honorees will have been inducted into the Hall.