Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame to honor 11 inductees
NATCHITOCHES – The 2014 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration, honoring 11 state sports heroes, will take place June 19-21.
The nearly year-old Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, already world-renowned for its award-winning architecture, will be open through the weekend with its regular hours and nominal admission fees.
The Induction Celebration is presented by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation and the LSWA. It has been held every year since 1973 with the Hall of Fame dating back to its first induction class in 1958.
LSU football product Alan Faneca, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, along with All-Star pitcher Shane Reynolds and New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner/chairman of the board Tom Benson headline the 2014 inductees.
Tulane and NFL standout Lionel Washington, Baton Rouge-Catholic High School cross country and track coach Pete Boudreaux, and Olympic gold medalist Venus Lacy, who helped Louisiana Tech win the 1988 women’s basketball national championship, are also in the Hall’s 2014 induction class. Trailblazing basketball coach Beryl Shipley, who guided the UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns to national prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and legendary Cottonport football player, coach and official Richard “Moon” Ducote’ will be honored posthumously.
Also to be enshrined will be the 2014 Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award winners, Tynes Hildebrand and Wright Waters, and Baton Rouge sports and outdoors writer Joe Macaluso, the 2014 Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism recipient.
The striking $23 million, two-story, 27,500-square foot museum structure faces Cane River Lake in the National Historic Landmark District of Natchitoches and has garnered worldwide architectural acclaim and rave reviews for its contents since its grand opening during the 2013 Hall of Fame induction weekend.