---- — Cooperstown Central School is accepting nominations for the Athletics Hall of Fame for the fall induction Class of 2013.
According to guidelines, recommendations will be accepted for any athlete, coach, administrator or contributor who through his or her commitment, sacrifices and dedication to the Cooperstown High School Athletic Program has brought pride and distinction to the district and community. Outstanding teams have also been recognized in the past and will be considered for election.
This will mark the fifth year of the inductions, which includes a dinner ceremony in the fall organized by the Hall of Fame committee. Members of the committee, made up of a sports Booster Club member, the athletic director, the secondary principal and a minimum of six community members and current coaches.
Cooperstown Secondary Principal Michael Cring said it should be noted that members of the committee chose inductees, but do not make any nominations.
“We need people from the community who are aware of individual and team accomplishments to make nominations,” he said.
There is a maximum of five inductees per year and to be eligible for this year’s individual enshrinement student athletes must have graduated at least 10 years ago. The eligibility timeline does not apply to coaches, athletic directors, administrators or boosters. However, they must have completed their tenure with the district.
Athletic Director Monica Wolfe said each inductee will be encouraged to attend the induction festivities. She said if someone is deceased, otherwise cannot attend, a representative will be invited to the induction.
Cring said although voting is based on a player’s high school record the committee also considers integrity, sportsmanship, character and contributions to the team or teams on which the player played.
“We are also looking at those who graduated at least 10 years ago so we can look at who these individuals have become as adults. Are they giving back to their communities?” Cring said.
Nomination forms can be found at www.cooperstowncs.org and going to the athletics webpage and clicking on CCS Athletics Hall of Fame. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15.
Completed nomination forms can be sent to Monica Wolfe, athletic director, or turned in at the Cooperstown Middle/High School main office.
The committee meets to review and vote on inductees in March. Nominees not voted into the Hall of Fame will automatically be considered for future elections. Inductees are recognized on a plaque outside the gym in the middle/high school.