Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Debuts Free Pedestrian Tour at Town Center,
and Presents Hoos on First
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Virginia Beach is now officially the new home of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
The more than half century old organization, which honors athletes, coaches, administrators and journalists, debuted a novel free pedestrian tour called “Walk the Hall” on February 5. Councilman Jim Wood joined representatives of the Central Business District Association, Armada Hoffler, Divaris Real Estate, Department of Economic Development and the Hall of Fame during a ceremony in the lobby of the Clark-Nexsen Tower, where the names of more than 300 inductees are listed on a beautiful wall display called the Hall of Honor.
The public is invited to take the tour during normal business hours or on Saturday mornings, starting at Clark-Nexsen or in the following lobbies:
Armada Hoffler Tower (College Champions), One Columbus (Virginia’s Golf Masters), Two Columbus (Virginia Coaching Legends), 249 Central Park Avenue (Virginians in National Hall of Fames) and Westin Hotel (The Year in Sports Photography exhibit). Bring your smart phone and point the camera or QR code scanner at a QR code on each display to view an introductory video from a famous Virginia-born sports figure. Additional displays will go up so in select Virginia Beach rec centers.
After Walk the Hall was unveiled, the Hall of Fame hosted a baseball program, Hoos on First, in front of a sellout crowd of over 300, and hundreds more watching the Hall’s first Facebook Live broadcast. The program, which took place at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, featured three current Major League Baseball players from Virginia Beach, “Hoo” all played college baseball at the University of Virginia– Ryan Zimmerman, Chris Taylor and Mark Reynolds. All three talked about their various experiences over the course of their MLB careers, which have included numerous ups, downs, and uncertainties. The insights and stories captivated the audience, and even generated a few laughs throughout the course of the evening.
The Hall of Fame would like to thank its partners for Hoos on First:
Additional thanks goes out to Quickwebsitefix.com for the Facebook Live broadcast, and Jpixx for the photos.