With the 2017 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration approaching June 22-24, the annual Hall of Fame Golf Classic has sold out, while reservations are still available for the Friday night Tailgating party and the Saturday night Induction Dinner and Ceremony.
Registration remains open for those events and for the Saturday morning New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans Junior Training Camp, which is free but does require a completed participation waiver form to be completed. Registration of boys and girls ages 6-16 is available online at LaSportsHall.com.
Admission for the Friday night Tailgating Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Style party inside The Landing Restaurant on Front Street in Natchitoches is $75. That includes an array of food and refreshments, entertainment and exclusive access to the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Class.
The fee to attend the Saturday night Induction Dinner and Ceremony at the Natchitoches Events Center is also $75. It includes a pre-dinner reception starting at 5, with the ceremony kicking off at 6 and a lavish served dinner prior to the induction activities.
Reservations for those events can be made at LaSportsHall.com/purchase. They can also be made by calling operations assistant Ronnette Pellegrin at 318-332-8539.
Friday evening, the Hall of Fame Celebration also includes a free Block Party on the 500 block of Front Street outside the Landing Restaurant from 6-10, featuring two popular south Louisiana musical acts, . Along with the music, vendors will have food and drinks for sale, and there will be activities for children including Saints’ and Pelicans’ experiences.
A fireworks show over Cane River Lake downtown will take place shortly after dark, about 9:15, after the 2017 Induction Class is introduced on the stage outside The Landing.
LSU’s David Toms, whose 13 PGA Tour golf wins include a major championship, is joined by nine-time Pro Bowl football star Ed Reed, three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel, and World Series champ Juan Pierre headlining eight competitive ballot inductees chosen for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
LSU has a heavy impact in the Class of 2017. Two more Tiger heroes, football and track great Eddie Kennison and iconic gymnastics coach D-D Breaux, are included along with Raymond Didier, who has impressive LSU credentials coupled with coaching feats at Nicholls and UL Lafayette. Rounding out the class is Southeastern Louisiana basketball legend C.A. Core. Core and Didier will be inducted posthumously.
Sue Donohoe, a Pineville native and former Louisiana Tech graduate assistant basketball coach who remains one of the college game’s most accomplished administrators of all time, will receive the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award. Also honored with enshrinement will be New Orleans Saints radio play-by-play man Jim Henderson and Lafayette sports media giant Dan McDonald, chosen as the 2017 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism.
The 2017 Induction Celebration will kick off Thursday, June 22 with the La Capitol Kickoff Reception, a free event at Maglieux’s Riverfront Restaurant. The sold-out Golf Classic is set Friday, June 23 at OakWing Golf Club in Alexandria.
The 2017 Induction Celebration weekend will be hosted by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, the support organization for the Hall of Fame. The LSHOF Foundation was established as a 501 c 3 non-profit entity in 1975 and is governed by a statewide board of directors. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Foundation President/CEO Ronnie Rantz at 225-802-6040 or RonnieRantz@LaSportsHall.com. Standard and customized sponsorships are available.