Ursuline to add athletic hall of fame next spring

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WILMINGTON – Ursuline Academy has announced that it is establishing an Athletic Hall of Fame to highlight the accomplishments of its student-athletes, coaches and supporters. The inaugural class will be inducted in a ceremony next spring, the school said Friday afternoon.

“It has long been a dream of mine to honor the extraordinary athletes, coaches and supporters who have made our program what it is today and, in turn, inspire our current student-athletes to continue enhancing our longstanding athletic heritage,” athletic director Sue Heiss said in a statement.

In addition to recognizing those who have “brought distinction” to the school, the hall of fame will “instill and continue the tradition of excellence” characteristic of Ursuline athletes; link past and current generations; and encourage current students to “model the many opportunities” available through teamwork, determination, dedication and service to the community, Ursuline said.

Inductions will occur every three years, with three to five candidates included in each class.

Nominees will be considered based on criteria established by the selection committee, which will be a five-person team of administrators and staff. Eligibility begins five years after an athlete’s graduation. The accomplishments will not only include athletics but also leadership and service.

Nominations can be submitted at www.ursuline.org and will be accepted until Dec. 1. For more information, contact Jenn Saienni at jsaienni@ursuline.org.