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Alaska Sports Hall of Fame pushes induction process back a year

Published: Nov. 30, 2020 at 7:19 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - November is typically the month where sports enthusiasts vote for the new class of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. However this November, no voting took place, as the Alaska Sports Hall will look to get back on track with the induction process next year.

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame is collection of athletes, moments and events that signify what it means to be a sports icon in the Last Frontier. Following the November election, the ceremony of those inducted takes place in April. This year, the ceremony celebrating the 2020 Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than going virtual, the organization hopes to honor the 2020 class at the April 2021 ceremony, while returning to regular voting in November of 2021 to induct a new class, pushing the entire process back one year.

“Our general thinking is that for the people that were selected, we want to give them their moment and not kind of saturate the class,” said Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director and founding member Harlow Robinson.

The 2020 Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class includes long-distance runner Marci Trent and former National Hockey League player Matt Carle for the people category. The Yukon 800 riverboat race got the nod in the event category, while the University of Alaska Anchorage’s upset over Boston College in the 1991 NCAA Hockey Tournament was voted-in in the moment category.

Giving Tuesday

In the mean =time, the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame is hosting “Giving Tuesday” on December 1. The goal is to help build a stronger and healthier Alaskan future, where those interested can donate to P.L.A.A.Y, the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, or Healthy Futures. Positive Leadership For Active Alaska Youth (P.L.A.A.Y.) provides recourses to leaders of youth in the state to build emotional, physical and mental health. Healthy Futures empowers Alaska’s youth to build daily habits of physical activity.

“We are really proud of the work that we do with the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, but also with our Healthy Futures Program,” Robinson added. “It is an initiative to get kids moving and active and building good habits from physical activity. Tens of thousands of kids have benefitted from it, so we are proud of that.”

Those interested in donating can follow the link here.

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