Official Nomination Form

The Virginia Interscholastic Association Hall of Fame is organized as a means of recognizing and preserving the rich heritage and legacy of African American (Black) high school sports and activities under the direction of the VIA from 1954-1970 and promoting greater appreciation and understanding of the contributions of Blacks to the history of high school sports and activities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nominees must have exemplified the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, moral character, and carry the endorsement of their respective high school.

All candidates will be judged on their significant and/or long term contribution to interscholastic athletics and activities. While many served their school and local programs over a long and distinguished career, their accomplishments must have have been worthy of state recognition for them to be considered. Longevity, without meangingful state impact, does not constitute appropriate credentials for Hall of Fame Consideration. All information requested on this form must be completed and supporting letters of recommendation received before June 30, 2015.

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Twelve individuals who have made outstanding contributions through high school,
college and professional careers have been selected to the 2018 class of the Virginia Interscholastic Association
Heritage Association (VIAHA) Hall of Fame.



Ronald Bolton – Peabody HS, Petersburg
Joseph Bradley – Carter G. Woodson HS, Hopewell
Earl Faison – Huntington HS, Newport News
Jim Lewis – Parker-Gray HS, Alexandria
Jerry Venable – Booker T. Washington HS, Staunton

Alphonso Hamilton – Booker T. Washington HS, Staunton
Eugene Thompson – Carver HS, Newport News
Arnold Thurmond – Parker-Gray HS, Alexandria
Willie Travis – Carver HS, Newport News

William Bailey – Mary N. Smith HS, Accomack County
Julian Earls – Crestwood HS, Chesapeake
Marguerita Ragsdale – Southside HS, Dinwiddie County

Members of the Class of 2018 will bring total membership to 50. The third annual Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held on Friday, June 29, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Charlottesville, VA.

Contributions to The VIA Heritage Association are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.