Athletics Department to Launch Hall of Fame

Posted: December 19, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

As part of Homecoming 2002 festivities in the Patriot Center, the George Mason Athletics Department will re-launch its official Athletics Hall of Fame with a halftime ceremony during the televised men’s basketball contest on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at 2 p.m.

The new Athletics Hall of Fame, dormant since the late 1970s, will include seven members who were enshrined during that decade. Also, a Hall of Fame constitution and criteria will be announced, kicking off an annual campaign of candidate review for induction.

“This is an exciting and long-awaited venture for us and gives the George Mason community a way to officially pay tribute and fortify our outstanding history of accomplishment and success,” says Tom O’Connor, director of athletics. “With the continued growth of our program, this is a wonderful time to highlight our past standouts while recognizing our bright future.”

The seven previous members of the Hall of Fame who will be re-introduced at halftime are Joe Anderson (baseball), Henry Castaneda (men’s soccer), Rudolph Jones (men’s basketball), John Linn (coach, men’s basketball, trap and skeet), Tim Prime (baseball), Gary Roth (baseball) and Raymond “Hap” Spuhler (coach, baseball).

Fourteen members of the George Mason family will serve as the selection committee for the Hall of Fame, including alumni, former student-athletes, diverse members in the campus administration, and athletic department officials. The Patriot Club will sponsor the event.

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