Slaton Named Local Amateur Athlete of the Year
Aug. 10, 2001
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Santa Clara University All-America women's soccer standout Danielle Slaton has been named the Female Amateur Athlete of the Year by the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, the organization has announced.
The San Jose Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place Wednesday, November 7, at Compaq Center at San Jose, with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and ceremony at 7:00 p.m.
The event will honor High School Athletes of the Year, Antwon Guidry and Undine Becker, Amateur Athletes of the Year, Andre Carter and Danielle Slaton and Special Olympian of the Year, Kelly Anderson. Biographical information about the inductees and honorees follows. The 2001 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is presented by NEC Electronics Inc. in cooperation with Andersen, San Jose Magazine and KNTV News Channel 11.
In addition to the five athlete of the year inductees the Hall of Fame is inducting five members into its Hall, including former Santa Clara men's basketball and coach athletic director Carroll Williams. The other four are John Ralston (football), Dave Righetti (baseball), Joe Leonard (motorsports) and Ernie Nevers (football) in memoriam.
The public is invited to purchase tickets for the event by calling the Hall of Fame hotline at (408) 288-2932. Tickets are $150 per person or $1750 per table. Additional sponsorship packages are available. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Santa Clara County. Members of the media interested in covering the event or requiring further information about the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame and its inductees are asked to call Elaine Sullivan Digre at 408-375-0305.
High School Athletes of the Year
Antwon Guidry was a three sport athlete at Leigh High School, excelling in football, basketball and track. On the field, Guidry led the Longhorns to the CCS Division II Championship game during his senior season. He finished the season with 2,817 yards rushing, passing and receiving and also scored 38 touchdowns. On the court he averaged 20 points and 5 steals a game. At the CCS Championships in track, he captured titles in the 100 and 200 meters. Guidry was named California State Player of the Year and will play football in Nebraska this Fall.
Undine Becker was a track star at Mount Pleasant High School where she was the 2001 CCS Champion in 100 and 300 meter hurdles and the triple jump. During her senior season, Becker ranked among the top 11 in the nation in four events: the triple jump, long jump and the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. Becker will attend Stanford University in the Fall.
Amateur Athletes of the Year
A former standout at Oak Grove High School and 2001 Cal graduate, Carter was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2001 NFL draft. A unanimous First Team Pac-10 and All-American selection, Carter led the defensive charge for the Golden Bears in 2000, setting a single season record with 13.5 sacks. Carter finished his career with a school record of 31 sacks and was ranked second on Cal's career list for tackles with loss at 55.
A former soccer standout at Presentation High School and currently a senior at Santa Clara University, Slaton was the youngest member of the 2000 Olympic Team and the only active collegiate player on the national roster. A fierce defender for the Broncos, Slaton, a two time All-American, was also a First Team All-West Coast Conference selection in 2000.
Special Olympian of the Year
Kelly Anderson, a 37 year old from Los Gatos, is the 2001 Special Olympian of the Year. Anderson has been a Special Olympics participant for 19 years. A talented, multi-sport athlete, Anderson competes in swimming, track & field, basketball, bowling, long-distance running, soccer, softball, floor hockey and tennis. Most recently she took home the gold medal at the Special Olympics Northern California golf qualifier at Cinnabar Hills.