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 meaningful state impact, does not constitute appropriate credentials for Hall of Fame Consideration.
Twelve individuals who have made outstanding contributions through high school, college and professional careers have been selected to the 2020 class of the Virginia Interscholastic Association Heritage Association (VIAHA) Hall of Fame.
LIST OF NAMES, CATEGORIES, AND REGIONS:
Arthur Ashe, Jr. – (Honorary) Maggie L. Walker HS, Richmond, VA. – Tennis
Donald Culpepper – Dunbar HS, Lynchburg, VA. (1966) – Basketball
Wheeler Hughes – Dunbar HS, Lynchburg (1966) – Basketball
Willie Lanier – Maggie L. Walker HS, Richmond, VA. (1963) – Football
Harold Deane, Sr. – Lucy Addison HS, Roanoke, VA.
Robert W. Johnson – Based in Lynchburg, VA.
Carnis Poindexter – Lucy Addison HS, Roanoke, VA.
Afemo Omilami (Kenneth Lee) – Petersburg HS, Petersburg, VA
Dr. Carolyn Rudd – G.W. Carver HS, Chesterfield County, VA.
Dr. Melvin Stith – Central HS, Sussex County, VA.
Rev. Andrew “Jack” White – Beverly Allen HS, West Point, VA.
Jonathan Williams – Peabody HS, Petersburg, VA.
Members of the Class of 2020 will bring total membership to 74. The fifth annual Hall of Fame Banquet will be held in June 2021 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Charlottesville, VA. Stay tuned for details.