The five-member Charlotte High School Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee has been pleased with the response to their call for nominations, but are still looking to receive more before the March 15 deadline. So far, the committee has received nominations for 22 student athletes, 14 teams, four coaches and seven community members.
Nomination forms can be picked up at the Charlotte High School athletic office or found online at charlottenet.org.
“I encourage anybody and everybody to nominate those they feel are deserving, and let the committee sift through the nominations,” said Ben Phlegar, member of the selection committee and one of the founders of the new Athletic Hall of Fame.
Phlegar said no determination has been made as to the number of inductees selected for the inaugural class. The announcement will be made Saturday, May 5, during the annual Charlotte Athletic Booster Dinner and Reverse Raffle.
“We know we don’t want to overdue it the first year,” Phlegar said. “The committee will be meeting again in March and early April to go through the nominations and will make a determination at that time.”
Phlegar did say that nominations are good for five years, and just because a nominee wasn’t selected in the first year, doesn’t mean they won’t be chosen in subsequent years. Cost is another factor the committee must look at when making their final selections. There will be a cost associated with creating the plaques that will hang in the new wing of high school lobby, just outside of the dome. Phlegar said specific donations for the Hall of Fame can be made to the Charlotte Athletic Boosters.
“We’ve had people nominated from the 1930s and certainly from the 40s and onward,” he said. “There’s been a good mix of male and female nominations for athletes and teams.”
The actual induction ceremony will likely take place in September, coinciding with a home football game weekend.
For more information about the Hall of Fame, contact the Charlotte High School athletic office at (517) 541-5160.