BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins University Athletic Hall of Fame will switch to a two-year induction cycle it was announced today. Previously, the event had taken place once each year since its inception in 1994. To date, there have been 22 induction classes with 176 individuals earning selection into the Hall of Fame, the highest honor bestowed by the Johns Hopkins Department of Athletics.
“Moving the induction to every other year is something our Athletic Hall of Fame Committee considered very carefully,” noted Ernie Larossa, Johns Hopkins’ Associate Director of Athletics and chair of the committee. “In evaluating our own process and history, researching the process at other schools and in consideration of how we can continue to make this the premier event on the Johns Hopkins Athletics calendar, we decided that a biennial induction was the best thing for us moving forward.”
The ceremony, which is now next scheduled for 2018, will continue to take place in the spring as the signature event on a home men’s lacrosse weekend. The class will be selected and announced publicly no later than September 1 of the preceding year.
The committee did not vote to increase the number of inductees in each class (9), but did add a Distinguished Service Award, which may be awarded and presented to an individual for outstanding service to the Department of Athletics. There is not a mandate to present the Distinguished Service Award at each induction ceremony.
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