Aug. 20, 2009
Four South Bay sports icons who made their mark in professional, college, and Olympic sports make up the 2009 Class of Inductees of the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. The fifteenth class, which will be inducted at the November 11 ceremony at HP Pavilion at San Jose, includes:
* Ron Calcagno: accomplished Santa Clara University athlete and legendary St. Francis High School football coach. Calcagno was a 1963 All-American quarterback for the Broncos who later coached St. Francis High School to 10 CCS titles in 24 years. He majored in Business at Santa Clara.
* Sheryl Johnson: Three-time Olympian and respected Stanford University coach
* Ronnie Lott: NFL Hall of Famer, 49er football legend and community philanthropist
* Bob Murphy: Standout Stanford pitcher and renowned Stanford broadcaster
The November 11th event, presented by Hewlett-Packard, celebrates 15 years of the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. The event begins with a reception followed by dinner and induction ceremony. Dinner tickets begin at $200 each and sponsorship packages are available ranging from $2,500 to $15,000. For information and to purchase tickets (408) 288-2936.
The 2009 Class brings the total number to 71 of South Bay sports figures in the Hall of Fame, which recognizes each honoree with a bronze plaque permanently installed on the concourse at HP Pavilion. The annual induction is an event of the San Jose Sports Authority, San Jose Arena Authority, HP Pavilion Management/San Jose Sharks and the City of San José. The event benefits Special Olympics Northern California and high school sports programs.
About the San Jose Sports Authority
The San Jose Sports Authority is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the City of San Jose's economic development, visibility and civic pride through sports. Serving as the City's sports commission since its inception in 1991, the Sports Authority has provided leadership and support to attract or host hundreds of sporting events in San Jose and the South Bay. The Sports Authority also supports and operates community, youth and amateur sports programs, including the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, The First Tee of San Jose, and the REACH Youth Scholarship Program. To learn more, visit www.sjsa.org.