ANCHORAGE, AK - Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director Harlow Robinson and the Board of Directors announced Monday that the public can now contribute their choices for the people, moments and events to be inducted into the Hall. Public voting will be open through November 30, 2012 at www.alaskasportshall.org.
The accumulative public vote is the equivalent to the vote of each Selection Panel member and the public results are reviewed by the panel before they complete their own ballots. The Class of 2013 will be announced at a press conference on December 3, 2012 after the Selection Panel meets to review the public voting results and complete their own ballots. The induction ceremony will be at the Anchorage Museum atrium in Anchorage in February 2013.
“The public plays a huge role in the selection process,” Robinson said. “The people have the power to influence the selection panel with an effective public campaign. And on several occasions, the public vote has determined who ultimately gets inducted.”
Members of the public can also enter a nomination recommendation to be posted on the Hall’s Alaska Sports Blog. These nominations can recommend an inductee already on the ballot or someone that is not on the ballot but could be voted for as a write-in candidate.
“The public also has an opportunity to introduce new names to the ballot by using their ‘write-in’ power.” Robinson said.
New names on this year’s ballot include NHL Defenseman and Hobey Baker recipient Matt Carle, Olympic long jump medalist Jenay Deloach and basketball legend Jeannie Hebert among others. Sports fans can vote for their own favorites to add to the list. The Selection Panel will meet December 2, 2012 to make their choices based on three categories: people, moments and events. Each Selection Panel member will rank candidates from one to ten based solely on how each candidate meets induction criteria. A graduated scale will be used by which the nominee ranked first on the list will receive ten points, the nominee ranked second will receive nine points, and continuing in such a manner so that the nominee ranked tenth will receive one point. In addition, Panel members will each rank five moments and five events. A graduated scale will be used where a first place vote will be worth five points and a fifth place vote will be worth one point. The people, moments and events with the most points will be inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.
The Selection Panel includes: Beth Bragg, Columnist, Anchorage Daily News; Bob Eley, Sports Editor, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner; Mike Sica, longtime sports broadcaster and sports editor in Southeast Alaska; Lew Freedman, Sportswriter, and longtime Alaskan author; Mike Janecek, longtime sports administrator and coach in the Mat-Su Valley; Danny Martin, Sportswriter, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Steve Nerland, longtime Anchorage coach and sports administrator and George Houston, longtime Junior-Douglas High School boys basketball coach.
Following the Induction Ceremony, the Class of 2013 portraits and video biographies will be displayed with previous classes at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame website will also display inductee biographies.
The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization established in 2006. The mission of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame is to teach, to honor and to inspire. Healthy Futures is the signature program of the Hall. The statewide initiative works to promote fitness to Alaska’s youth.
The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors includes: Jim Balamaci, President/CEO Special Olympics Alaska; Matt Carle, Alyeska Pipeline Chief of Staff and former UAF Basketball standout; Chuck Homan, University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Hall of Fame Member; Reggie Joule, Mayor of Northwest Arctic Borough and ten-time World Eskimo-Indian Olympics Gold Medal Winner; Gina Luckey, External Affairs Specialist for ConocoPhillips; Chris Myers, Vice President of Investments Wedbush Morgan; Rick Mystrom, Former Mayor of Anchorage and Owner of American Multiplex Property Securities; Eric Ohlson, Owner of Ohlson and Associates.
For additional information about the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, visit www.alaskasportshall.org contact Harlow Robinson at (907) 240.3684.