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Ken Willard was born in Richmond, Virginia where he grew up and attended Varina High School. He was not only an outstanding athlete, but also a good student, being selected to numerous academic honor societies. Willard earned 16 varsity letters at Varina, participating in football, baseball, basketball and track. Willard attended the University of North […]

The first ever Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee honored for officiating, Shirley presided over 2,000 basketball games across a span of 33 years before retiring.  At the time Shirley stated “I can still toot the whistle and jump up and down, but I can’t go the length of the court anymore.”  He then took […]

William Talley Thomas was born in Richmond, Virginia on May 15, 1909 where he attended McGuire Prep School, winning All-City honors in football, baseball and track being named All-State in football as a triple-threat star. He attended the University of Virginia from 1928 to 1934. He was the forerunner of the Student Aid Foundation and […]

Charles "Dink" Vail of Norfolk, Virginia is the first sailing inductee voted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Vail has been recognized as one of the outstanding sailors in the nation. He began his sailing career at the early age of ten, crewing for his brother and a neighbor. Within two years Vail posted […]

Frank D. Lawrence, born in Portsmouth, Virginia on March 15, 1891, was a guiding force in professional baseball for half a century, as an independent owner of Minor League teams.  In 1913, Lawrence organized his first team known as the Truckers and entered them in the old Virginia League.  He operated this club until 1928 […]

Prominent in the world of horse racing, the stable founded by Chenery more than sixty years ago is still widely renowned for breeding and training thoroughbreds. Becoming remarkably successful in the business of public utilities allowed Chenery the luxury of pursuing his childhood love of horses. In 1936, Chenery purchased a run-down, 2,000-acre farm in […]