The Riverside Sports Hall of Fame’s final induction ceremony, originally scheduled for 2020 and twice postponed after COVID-19 messed things up, is now scheduled for May 2023, according to Hall President Jerry Hurley.
The selection of Olympic track and field athlete Brenda Martinez; local fast pitch legend Bob Bomar; Softball player and coach and (2004 Greek Olympic team member) Vanessa Czarnecki Duhon; high school baseball coaches Rich Stalder and Rich Graves; and California Baptist University President Ronald Ellis were originally announced in January 2020. If inducted, they will bring the Hall’s membership to 111 since the first ceremony in 2003.
The ceremony, originally scheduled for May 2020, has been postponed to this November and has been rescheduled for next Monday evening.
“We’ve had very few inquiries about the event this year,” Hurley explained via email. “I attribute a lot of that to how we’ve been dealing with COVID-19 since 2020.”
Hurley noted that the organization’s Board of Directors “believed that RSHOF should continue to approach our induction ceremonies with caution. We want everyone in the room to feel comfortable.”
When the induction ceremony takes place, former UC Riverside athletic director Stan Morrison will receive the Chuck Kane Award, longtime high school coach and administrator John Tibbels will receive the President’s Award, and former UC Riverside basketball player Jannon Otto will receive the award for the most inspirational athlete.