MUSKEGON – Signage hanging on the wall inside Mercy Health Arena hints at a coming attraction.
“Coming soon: Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame.”
The MASHF is within the course of of making its residence on the downtown Muskegon enviornment. Meanwhile, the Hall’s board of administrators is finalizing particulars for the annual induction ceremony and banquet.
After not having a banquet final summer time as a result of of the coronavirus pandemic, the MASHF will host the thirty fourth annual induction ceremony on Saturday, June 12 at Mercy Health Arena. Tickets price $30 for the banquet and they’re available by calling Terri Clock at (231) 780-1337.
The 2021 induction class is comprised of Robin Bouchard (hockey), Matt Brink (wrestling/soccer), Cheryl Day (basketball) and Johnny Mitchell (monitor and subject). Jim Rudicil, government director of the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, is the Gene Young Distinguished Service Award recipient.
The MASHF has held its induction ceremony for years at Muskegon Country Club, however with the group working to make Mercy Health Arena its new residence, the timing was proper for the transfer, in accordance to president Mike Mack.
“I think it’s going to be great. We’ll probably make some mistakes the first year, but we can learn and try to improve it. This is going to be our home, so there’s no reason not to do it here,” Mack mentioned. “It just happens with COVID and social distancing, this is an ideal place where we can put 250 people comfortably and they’ll feel comfortable. I think it’s great.”
The latest inductees have been chosen final 12 months, however COVID-19 compelled the cancellation of the banquet. They’ll be thought of half of the 2021 induction class.
The MASHF Basketball Classic in December was canceled, too.
The 2021 banquet additionally will function the annual Scholar-Athlete Award winners, who’re but to be decided. Additionally, Muskegon’s Cameron Martinez and Grand Haven’s Kathryn Ackerman – the 2020 Scholar-Athlete Award recipients – will probably be invited and acknowledged.
Hors d’oeuvres will probably be served on the banquet in lieu of the standard full meal. Mack mentioned sponsor tables will probably be available.
With the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame’s partnership to Mercy Health Arena, a wing on the aspect of the sector related to the brand new VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center will probably be devoted for Hall of Fame shows, movies and the like.
“I hope to describe with a big ‘Wow!’” Mack mentioned. “The goal from day one is when people come into the arena from the convention center in the hallways, they say, ‘Wow, this is cool,’ because it’s great. That would be my dream to have that, like Gene Young would want.
“The arena has been phenomenal,” Mack mentioned. “Andrea Rose (Muskegon Lumberjacks’ interim president of business operations), the help that they have, has bent over backwards to help us in any way that they could. Whether it’s our hallway, things like that, that’s No. 1.”
The pandemic has been powerful on all people, and the MASHF is not any exception. The group eagerly anticipates the June induction ceremony.
The MASHF intends on holding the basketball showcase once more in December ought to COVID-19 restrictions loosen and situations permit for it.
“We’ve had some setbacks. It’s been kind of quiet for a year because of COVID. But, knock on wood, we’ll be ready to go,” Mack mentioned. “No basketball, no banquet, no nothing. We’ve just been in the mud kind of, like everybody else.
“I’m excited about (the ceremony). I think it’s going to be great.”