54th Annual ASHOF Induction Ceremony

Event Date(s): February 03, 2012

Show starts at 6:00pm on February 03, 2012.

Ticket Prices:

  • 02/03/2012: Dinner tickets are $100 each with tables of 10 on sale for $1,000 each. Those desiring tickets should contact Jennifer Smith at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame office at (501) 663-4328 or Catherine Johnson at (501) 821-1021.

Dinner tickets are $100 each with tables of 10 on sale for $1,000 each. Those desiring tickets should contact Jennifer Smith at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame office at (501) 663-4328 or Catherine Johnson at (501) 821-1021.

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Event Details

54th Annual ASHOF Induction Ceremony

More than 1,000 people will be in attendance on the evening of Friday, Feb. 3, but some tickets are still available for the annual induction banquet of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

Dinner tickets are $100 each with tables of 10 on sale for $1,000 each. Those desiring tickets should contact Jennifer Smith at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame office at (501) 663-4328 or Catherine Johnson at (501) 821-1021.

Checks can be made payable to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and mailed to the Hall of Fame office at #3 Verizon Way, North Little Rock, AR 72114.

Tickets also are available for a reception for the Class of 2012 for $30 each. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum in Verizon Arena.

For only the second time in its history, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame will induct an entire team. The 1994 national championship basketball team from the University of Arkansas will be inducted. The man who coached that team, Nolan Richardson, was inducted in 1998. Players Corliss Williamson and Scotty Thurman were inducted in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

The Class of 2012 also will include 11 individuals – six from the regular category, three from the senior category and two from the posthumous category.

Those being inducted from the regular category are former University of Arkansas basketball standout Lee Mayberry, former Oaklawn Park track announcer Terry Wallace, former Newport High School head football coach Bill Keedy, former Razorback basketball star U.S. Reed, former Razorback football player “Light Horse” Harry Jones and Little Rock native and former Oklahoma State University head football coach Pat Jones.

Those being inducted from the senior category are former Forrest City star athlete Elmer “B” Lindsey, former college coach and NFL scout Bob Ford of Wynne and former Southern Arkansas University women’s basketball coach Margaret Downing.

Those being inducted from the posthumous category are former University of Central Arkanas head footall coach Raymond Bright and 1892 Kentucky Derby winning jockey Alonzo “Lonnie” Clayton.

The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1959. Andrew Meadors of Little Rock is the organization’s president, and Ray Tucker serves as the executive director.

The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum on the west side of Verizon Arena is open each Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. It includes an 88-seat theater with a video highlighting the careers of Arkansas sports greats and a touch-screen kiosk with a database of all Hall of Fame inductees.

Members of the Hall of Fame vote each year on inductees. Membership dues are $50 annually. Membership forms can be obtained here.


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