Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers
April 01, 2021WOLFEBORO — Over the years, Kingswood has had some great teams, athletes and coaches.
And soon, there will be a place to honor those who have starred on the courts, fields, tracks, trails and courses.
Athletics Director Aaron House brought together a committee to help found a Kingswood Hall of Fame and if all goes as planned, the first class should be enshrined at Kingswood's Homecoming this fall.
"The first year, it will be a work in progress in terms of making it the event we want it to be," House said.
The Hall of Fame Founding Committee consisted of Paul Doran, Barbara Garabedian, Terri Drew, Tom Merrell, Bob Coolidge, Alyssa Freeman and House. The group includes Kingswood alums, parents of current Kingswood students, current and former teachers and both the middle school and high school athletic directors.
"It's a great group, we started from square one," said House, noting that the group got together for the first time in early January. The founding committee's purpose was to review and recommend Hall of Fame bylaws, set the athlete nomination process and help select the Hall of Fame Committee.
"We looked at a bunch of different Hall of Fames, colleges and high schools, to try and understand how best to move it forward," House said. "It's long overdue, there's a lot of athletes that have come through here that should be recognized."
The draft bylaws note that the mission statement is to seek to recognize and honor achievements by those who have represented, contributed and dedicated themselves to Kingswood Athletics. Accomplishments recognized will focus on participation and citizenship highlighting the Kingswood Athletic community.
The initial qualifications to be nominated for an individual or a team include outstanding achievement in their respective sport during one's high school career and/or at the next level, being an accomplished individual who has given meritorious dedicated service to the athletic programs at Kingswood and having eight years passed since the accomplishment or the individual's graduation. State championships, Olympians and professional athletes will be subject to automatic nominations.
One of the tasks of the founding committee is to actually form a Hall of Fame Committee, which will select inductees from the nominations presented and assist with the annual planning and execution of the Hall of Fame festivities. The committee will consist of seven to nine members and will include the current high school principal and athletic director, a booster club officer, a current or former head coach, community members who are Kingswood alums who have lettered in at least one varsity sport, members of the community with significant knowledge of Kingswood athletics and a Student Athlete Leadership Team captain council student representative.
"As we get closer to making this a reality, we'll have opportunities for people to help," House said. "We'll need people to jump on the committee."
House noted that the plan, eventually, would be to have some sort of Hall of Fame dinner for the inductees, but all of that will depend on what fundraising the Hall of Fame Committee will do.
Additionally, it is still to be determined just how and where the Hall of Fame honorees will be displayed, though House notes the Hall of Fame Founding Committee has looked at a number of different options for how to display the honorees.
Anyone looking to serve on the Hall of Fame Committee is asked to contact House at 569-8100 or email@example.com to put their name on the list of possible committee members.
Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.