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PLA accepting nominations for USA Lacrosse Hall of Fame (Eastern PA Chapter) Class of 2023

Thursday, 22nd September 2022

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, High School, Pro, Posted 9/22/22 – From the PLA

The Philadelphia Lacrosse Association, the local chapter of USA Lacrosse, is accepting nominations for its Chapter Hall of Fame. Incoming awardees will be recognized at the PLA’s Hall of Fame Banquet in September 2023 at United Sports Training Center in Downingtown, PA.

The deadlines for nominating Men’s and Women’s Division candidates for induction into the USA Lacrosse Hall of Fame (Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter), Class of 2023, are as follows:

Women’s Division Nominations: September 30, 2022
Men’s Division Inductees: October 31, 2022

The PLA hosts the induction ceremony every two years to honor the great players, coaches, officials, promoters and others, both men and women, who have made significant contributions to the game in Pennsylvania and are deserving of the highest recognition. Players who finished their high school career in 2013 or earlier are eligible for consideration for the Class of 2023.

The PLA’s Hall of Fame Nomination/Questionnaire Forms and its Hall of Fame Selection Criteria are available on the PLA website (click here) or by contacting Bill Leahy, Chair, PLA’s Men’s HOF Selection Committee or Cathy D’Ignazio, Chair, PLA Women’s HOF Selection Committee.

The incoming class will be selected later this year following a balloting process, consideration by the PLA Hall of Fame Selection Committees and a vote by the PLA Board of Directors, based on the recommendations of the Selection Committees. Please forward letters of support (no more than two) with the completed nomination form by the deadline to the attention of the Hall of Fame Men’s Selection Committee Chair.

Also, please send David Siedman (Men’s HOF Selection Committee) your name, email address and nexus to the lacrosse community if you wish to participate in the balloting process for the Men’s HOF Division selection. If you participate, you will be asked to rank the nominees, and all results will be tabulated to inform the Men’s HOF Division selection process. All input is welcome.

The HOF Selection Committees consists of existing Hall of Famers and other uniquely qualified individuals in the Philadelphia lacrosse community. The Men’s Division committee includes Bill Leahy (Chair), Drew Adams, John Begier, Pat Carney, Scott Gabrielsen, Scott Growney, Chris Hupfeldt, Tom Lemieux, John McEvoy, Jeff Pettit, Hank Resch, Tony Resch, and David Seidman. The Women’s Division Committee consists of Cathy D’Ignazio (Chair), Lynn Bowers, Betsy Dougherty, Michele Doyle, Diane Horsey, Kathleen Geiger and Chris Poplowski.

The names, pictures and lacrosse biographies of inductees will be posted in the Hall of Fame section of the PLA and US Lacrosse websites. Their names and pictures will also join previous Hall of Fame inductees on plaques located with other lacrosse-related memorabilia in display cases at the “Wall of Fame,” located at United Sports in Downingtown. It is a requirement of the USA Lacrosse National Hall of Fame that a nominee for that prestigious honor first be inducted into a Chapter Hall of Fame.

Criteria/Categories and the Nomination/Selection Process: The Hall of Fame selection process requires nomination, deliberation by the PLA’s Hall of Fame Committee, the balloting of members of the lacrosse community, HOF Committee recommendations (post-ballot) and voting by the PLA Board of Directors. For more information, please review the materials below.

Nominees should represent the highest degree of excellence and dedication to the game of lacrosse in one or more of the following categories:

A truly great player who has contributed noteworthy service to the game of lacrosse over the years in Pennsylvania.
A truly great player in Pennsylvania.
A truly great coach who has contributed noteworthy service to the game of lacrosse over the years in Pennsylvania.
A truly great coach in Pennsylvania.
An official/umpire who has contributed noteworthy service to the game of lacrosse over the years in Pennsylvania.
A talented Pennsylvania player who has made a truly great contribution to society.
An individual who has demonstrated long, dedicated and exceptional service to the game of lacrosse in Pennsylvania. (No more than one candidate in this category can be inducted per class.)
A qualified individual in Pennsylvania whose career in or involvement with lacrosse was completed at least 25 years prior to the current year and who in the committee’s opinion may have been overlooked or otherwise is deserving of the highest recognition.
Additionally, in order to be considered for nomination, candidates must:

Be at least ten years beyond their normal or original projected college/university graduation date. Those graduates from 2004 or earlier are eligible for consideration for the Class of 2015 (college attendance or graduation is not a requirement for Hall of Fame consideration).
Have a completed and detailed questionnaire on file with the nomination committee.