Cumberland School District Athletic Hall of Fame Nominees Still Needed
The Cumberland School District athletic programs have had tremendous team success and individual accomplishment for over 100 years of history. Some of the graduates from the school have also gone on to outstanding athletic accomplishments after high school. “Our Athletic Hall of Fame formally recognizes this success and the people involved in making it,” said Athletic Director Mark Fuller. The School recently completed its third year of recognizing these individuals.
The School recognizes four categories of accomplishment. “We recognize people as athletes, coaches, alumni, and contributors,” said Fuller. “In each case, the nominees must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, conduct, and moral character to go along with their achievements,” added Fuller.
The athlete must have distinguished themselves in the field of athletics while in high school. To qualify, the individual must have graduated 10 years previously. Conference and State awards and team accomplishments will also be considered.
The nominee as coach must have been part of the Cumberland Athletic Department for a minimum of 10 years and made significant contribution and impact while at the school.
The category of contributor will recognize individuals whose significant impact helped foster the growth of athletics and the schools interscholastic programs other than through playing or coaching. No time frame exists for these nominees.
Finally, the alumnus category will be for those whose success and achievements in athletics came after graduation. They must have been out of high school for a minimum of 10 years.
To date, the Committee has inducted 25 individuals into the Hall of Fame. “They include Olympic Champions, a NFL player, and numerous other State Champions and key members of our athletic family,” said Fuller. He is part of a five-person selection group.
The committee is looking for further nominations from community members as well as seeking information on individuals in the various categories themselves. Anyone wishing to nominate someone in any of the four categories should submit a letter of support and their rationale for the nomination to Fuller at Cumberland High School, 1000 8th Avenue, Cumberland, Wisconsin 54829. If possible a current address of the person should also be included.
All those nominated, will be asked to fill out a form for their appropriate category. These forms will be kept on file permanently. For those who may be deceased, a family member or a committee member will be asked to complete the form as best able. A person may not nominate themselves.
The time frame would end all nominations by May 15; the naming process of the induction class to take place on August 1; those nominated to participate in the Rutabaga Parade the end of August; and the Induction Banquet to take place in September or October.
“We have a solid group of nominees currently, but we know there are others there we might be missing. We’d love to hear from others in the community,” Cumberland Principal and Committee member Ritchie Narges added.