There was an abundance of tears, thank-yous, handshakes and hugs at the inaugural Union High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
More than 230 people attended the ceremony Saturday, Sept. 9, in the high school gymnasium.
In all, three teams, three sports contributors, three coaches and 12 athletes were inducted into the Class of 2017 Hall of Fame.
The newly founded hall was to feature 20 inductees, but a tie increased the total by one.
“I thought the event was fantastic,” said Chris Arand, former UHS athletic director who helped launch the hall of fame during his time at UHS. “I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback.”
Representatives from almost all of the groups, as well as individuals, were present for the ceremony or someone accepted the award on their behalf. The inductees traveled from as far away as Nevada, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin and throughout Missouri.
Arand said there were more than 55 nominees in all. Those who weren’t selected will remain nominated for two more years, he noted.
“I thought it was a wonderful event,” said Superintendent Dr. Steve Weinhold, lauding the organizers for their work.
“It was great to see all the alumni back with their families and to hear the stories and accomplishments of these men and women from when they were students at UHS many years ago,” he said.
Chris Kelley, a former UHS track coach, came up with the idea and approached Arand about it early last fall.
From there, a 15-member committee was formed. The committee included Superintendent Weinhold, Arand, a school board member and the booster club president, as well as 11 former coaches and community members.
A touch-screen interactive display, plaques and trophies all are located just inside the doors to the main entrance at the high school.
The booster club helped fund the display.
More stories on the honorees can be found in this issue of The Missourian.