• Atlanta Mayor Travis Ransom presents former Atlanta coach Gordon Pynes a proclamation concerning the Atlanta Athletics Hall of Fame. Pictured with Ransom and Pynes are, from left: HoF board members Joel Steger, Barbara Davis and Lewis Lincoln. Board members not present were Howard Carney, Frank Allday, Charlie Ruth Richardson and Ben Scharnberg.

Atlanta Athletics Hall of Fame to induct inaugural members

Friday night, Sept. 14, a special event will be held prior to the Atlanta Rabbits – Pleasant Grove Hawks football game at Rabbit Stadium.  Atlanta’s pride in its sports tradition gets a huge boost when the newly established Atlanta Athletics Hall of Fame inducts its first five members as the Class of 2018.  
Reaching back more than a century the inductees are Major League baseball player Hub Northen , the Rabbits’ first coach for whom they were named, Ed Rabb,  the football team’s first star, Bear Allday, New England Patriots’ hall of famer Jimmie Lee Hunt and four-time state distance champion Sarah Haydel Carter.  
The families of the first four and Sarah will be presented plaques recognizing their induction. Black granite plaques are placed on the wall of the stadium entryway under the press box highlighting the careers of each of the five.  
A large sign in Atlanta school colors is set above the plaques. The events’ presentation will begin about 7p.m. ahead of the 7:30 game kickoff. A supper for the inductees’ families will be held in the High School cafeteria at 5 p.m.
The Hall of Fame will become the focal point of an Atlanta tradition that highlights a state football crown, a baseball state win and six track and field state championships.  
Few schools in Texas can match that athletic success. 
Each year the Hall will honor several outstanding Atlanta athletes who competed for Atlanta or Booker T. Washington high schools.  
A selection committee will screen nominees and make recommendations for three or four inductees each fall.
To pay for the inscribed black granite plaques funds will be needed each year.  
The Hall of Fame is a tax exempt organization and donations and nominations can be made to Atlanta Athletics HOF at P.O. Box 637, Atlanta, TX 75551.  
The selection committee has worked hard to identify and honor these first five to enter the Hall of Fame.  
It is their hope that the Atlanta public will continue to support this endeavor and build through the years honoring the many great athletes who have competed for our town.

The Proclamation as given by Atlanta Mayor Travis Ransom reads as follows:
WHEREAS, there is tremendous community support for competitive athletics and the various sports teams fielded by the Atlanta Independent School District; and
WHEREAS, the lessons learned in athletics, combined with the knowledge that student-athletes must do well in school to participate, motivates their persistence and drive for success; and WHEREAS, sports in school teach student athletes how to collaborate, developing skills essential for the competitive workplace they will one day serve; and WHEREAS, leaders in the Atlanta Independent School District desired to find a way to recognize those who have excelled in amateur high school athletics as well as those who have coached, mentored and provided support; and WHEREAS, the Atlanta Athletics Hall of Fame was founded in 2018 to honor, pay tribute to and perpetuate the memory of those individuals who, whether through participation, support, or interest have made outstanding contributions in the field of athletics
WHEREAS, the Atlanta Athletics Hall of Fame provides recognition of those individuals who have come before us in order to provide inspiration to those who follow as the next generation perpetuate the legacy of excellence.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Travis Ransom, Mayor, do hereby proclaim September 10th to 14th, 2018 as Atlanta Athletics Hall of Fame Week in Atlanta, Texas: Given under my hand in the City of Atlanta, Texas and to which I have caused the Seal of the City of to be affixed and have made this proclamation public.

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