At the end of each year, Clackamas Community College has taken the time to honor some of the outstanding athletes and teams that have passed through the athletic department. The annual Athletic Hall of Fame (HOP), which will take place this Saturday, June 9, is in its third year, but isn't a new idea.
"This was the dream of former athletic director Jim Jackson," said Jim Martineau, current Director of Athletics. "After he retired and I took over, we worked together with the CCC Foundation to plan the first ever Athletic Reunion and Hall of Fame Event. That was in June 2010."
"A ton of planning and work goes into it," said Martineau. "First off, we have a selection committee (chaired by Jim Jackson). Their job is to review the nominations and select who gets into the HOF for the upcoming year. After we decide who gets selected, the real work starts. Lots of time is spent locating former athletes and coaches, and lots of time is spent promoting the event to our alumni."
This year the HOF will cost $40 per person and to get a sponser table of eight will be $500. There will be a no-host bar at this event that will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dinner will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. as well as the indiction of this year's honorees. The host of the HOF this year will be former CCC President John Keyser.
Martineau also added, "The hard work is planning the event. Kayla Steen will spend countless hours on the following: producing the program, getting the plaques designed and ordered, working with our publications department on the prints that will be on our HOF board, planning the meal, working with the foundation on registering individuals and selling sponsored tables. She also works with facilities and campus services to plan setup of the gymnasium for the night." Steen is the assistant athletic director here at CCC and has planned and ran the event for the past two years. She also added about her involvement in the planning and running of the HOF.
"My involvement started for the most part after the inaugural Hall of Fame in 2010," said Steen, who was once an athlete herself at Clackamas. "The Foundation helped us with the planning for the first banquet including guiding us through the necessary steps to plan a formal banquet of this size. After the inaugural, they handed the reins over to the athletic department where nearly all of the work is done through us now. Jim Martineau and I do nearly all of the planning and work that goes into it."
Steen has a huge role in setting up the HOF and getting everything organized and planned.
"I took on the role of coordinating most of the things that the Foundation had done previously," said Steen. "The last two banquets, I have coordinated nearly every aspect of the banquet including but not limited to planning/ preparation/set-up, programs, invitations, plaques, facility coordination to get the gym set up appropriately, catering and beverage services, picking the menu, letters to all the inductees, organizing guests of inductee's and table sponsors, linens, stage and table decorations, etc .... Each of the coaches plays a big part in spreading the word to alumni and supporters of CCC athletics through media outlets and their own contact lists."
Steen explained how the HOF can work, "We have tried to position the Hall of Fame banquet as an alumni reunion as well, to encourage alumni to support the inductees but also give them an opportunity to reconnect with former teammates, coaches and friends. For this reason we usually have a variety of years of alumni present, some who know the inductees some who are there just to reconnect with coaches, teammates and friends from CCC athletics."
Clackamas chooses just five inductees in order to keep the event short and interesting. "We wanted to make it a fun event," said Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Paul Fiskum, who coached softball at Clackamas for many years, including one of the 2012 inductees, Danielle (Fitzgerald) Josetti.
An event such as the Hall of Fame banquet speaks strongly to the years of success for Clackamas athletics. The inductees this year will be 1991-1992 men's and women's crosscountry and track and field teams, Jim Roberts, Josetti, Lindsay Schiely, Mike Hodges and Michael Kuebler.