As in past years, the induction ceremony for the Sports Hall of Fame from this nationally-recognized boarding school in central Virginia will feature a high-power class from the world of athletics, with names that are known around the world.
Fork Union, Virginia (PRWEB) April 07, 2016
Fork Union Military Academy this week announced four new members had been selected for induction into its Sports Hall of Fame at an awards banquet to be held on June 25, 2016. As in past years, the induction ceremony for the Sports Hall of Fame from this nationally-recognized boarding school in central Virginia will feature a high-power class from the world of athletics, record holders at professional and college levels of performance, with names that are known around the world.
The Fork Union alumni selected for induction this year are John Dorsey ('80), former linebacker for the Green Bay Packers and currently the General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs; the late Jon Richardson ('78), wide receiver at the University of North Carolina and the Director of Stadium Operations for the Carolina Panthers; Dale Solomon ('78), one of the Top 10 basketball players ever to play for Virginia Tech who still holds the record for points in a season by a freshman (534) and who enjoyed a long professional career in basketball; and Robert Jones ('88), the All-American linebacker at East Carolina who was the first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys, named NFC Rookie of the Year in 1992, and won three Super Bowl rings with the Cowboys in a ten-year NFL career.
The Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Doubletree Hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. Will Blair, a 1986 graduate of Fork Union Military Academy and a Senior Vice President with the William Morris Endeavor/IMG Global Partnership Group, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
Other weekend events will include the Sports Hall of Fame Golf Classic on Friday, June 24, 2016 at Old Trail Golf Club in Crozet, Virginia, a captain's choice style tournament that will be a fundraiser for the Academy's scholarship funds. A reception and silent auction will be held that Friday evening at Old Trail Golf Club. A Saturday brunch on campus for past and incoming inductees and their guests, and a VIP reception Saturday afternoon at the Doubletree Hotel rounds out this very full weekend of Hall of Fame activities.
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the banquet, golf tournament, and receptions are available for individuals and organizations by contacting the Fork Union Military Academy Development Office at 434-842-4227.
- Fork Union Class of '80
- Alma Mater is University of Connecticut, where he played linebacker
- Two-time Yankee Conference Defensive MVP along with NCAA Division 1-AA All-American
- Played for the Green Bay Packers from 1984-1989
- Holds all-time team record for special teams tackles in a season (35)
- Scout and administrator for the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs
- General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs (since 2013).
- Fork Union Class of '78
- Alma Mater is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he played wide-receiver
- Director of Stadium Operations and President of Panthers Stadium LLC from 1996-2009.
- Jon's father, Jerry Richardson, is the owner of the Carolina Panthers
- Jon passed away from a long battle with cancer on July 15, 2013 at the age of 53
- Fork Union Class of '78
- Alma Mater is Virginia Tech, where he played forward on the basketball team
- Top-10 All-Time at Virginia Tech in points, points per game, field-goal makes, field-goal percentage, free-throw makes and rebounds
- Inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame (1994)
- All-Metro Conference (1979-1982) and All-Metro Freshman of the Year (1979)
- Metro Conference Tournament MVP (1979)
- Holds record for points in a season by freshman at Virginia Tech (534)
- Recognized as ACC Tournament Legend (2012)
- Drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (1982) and played professionally in Italy for 12 seasons and Spain for one season
- Fork Union Class of '88
- Alma Mater is East Carolina University, where he played linebacker
- Freshman All-American (1988), Sophomore All-American honorable mention (1989) and consensus All-American (1991)
- Co-Captain of No. 9 ranked team that finished 11-1 and defeated North Carolina State in the Peach Bowl (1991-1992)
- Inducted into East Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (2004)
- Selected by Dallas Cowboys in First Round of the 1992 NFL Draft
- NFC Rookie of the Year in 1992
- Played for Dallas Cowboys (1992-1995), St. Louis Rams (1996-1997), Miami Dolphins (1998-2000) and Washington Redskins (2001)
- Three-time NFC Champion (1992, 1993, 1995)
- Three-time Super Bowl Champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)