JUNE 18, 2017 – Chapel Hill, NC – The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF), a non-profit organization created to support and promote high-school-age track and field, and which founded and conducts the New Balance Indoor and Outdoor Nationals, the de-facto National High School Track & Field Championships; today announced the launch of the National High School Track & Field Hall of Fame. The Hall’s mission will be to honor and celebrate the sportsmanship, excellence and character of high school track and field’s finest student athletes, coaches and contributors.
“The Foundation has considered creating a Hall of Fame for high school track and field for years,” said James Spier, Executive Director of the NSAF. “Track and field is the largest high school participation sport in the country and is the entry point and formative training ground for America’s future summer Olympians and medal winners. The exceptional athletes, coaches and contributors who make track and field such a great and exciting participation sport deserve to be celebrated and enshrined.”
The Hall will honor three categories of inductees:
- Athletes: Competitors who have demonstrated exemplary athletic performance and strong character while in high school.
- Coaches: Leaders who have created excellence at the program level, achieving extraordinary results year after year.
- Contributors: Innovators and game changers. These may include administrators or media members who have elevated track and field through innovative work and tireless dedication.
Candidates will be nominated for induction by the track and field community at the HOF’s official website. A selection committee composed of a panel of leading experts in from the high school track and field community will narrow down the candidates to a list of finalists. The inductees will be determined by a combined vote of the public and selection committee.
The inductees will be honored at a special ceremony in January 2018.
Full details will be announced on August 1st.
About the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation
The NSAF is a non-profit organization with the mission to inspire youth to live active, healthy lifestyles and to prepare them for future success. Each year, the NSAF hosts over 11,000 athletes at its two national track and field championships and one cross country invitational, events and several national and international development programs. The organization also supports hundreds of athletes through its unique mentorship and development programs, and event clinics and camps, while distributing over $200,000 in grants every year.