New Blog Post: National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction 2012
National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction 2012 is upon us. I feel privileged and am honored to be a part of this event.
(May 30, 2012) On Wednesday May 30th I’ll be at FedEx Field in suburban Washington, D.C. to celebrate the induction of Des Armstrong, Tony DiCicco, Tony Meola, and Claudio Reyna into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. At the same event Grahame L. Jones, a retired sports writer who wrote many insightful game reports and soccer columns for the Los Angeles Times, will receive the Colin Jose Media Award, emblematic of a career of excellence in soccer communications.
Armstrong, Meola, and Reyna have played in some of the highest profile matches in recent U.S. Soccer history. Among them they have 20 FIFA World Cup appearances and 293 caps, i.e. matches played for the U.S. National Team.
The ceremony, while still not an enormous public event, is paired with an international friendly match between the U.S. Men and Brazil that will attract some 80,000 fans to the stadium. Hall of Famers and the new inductees will be honored on the field before the game. Having been part of this event format for the past three years, I can tell you the walk on the field, the introduction to the crowd, and the roar with which each of the Hall of Famers is greeted, is an awesome moment.
Hall of Fame celebrations are for that moment – the moment that makes the individual who gave it all in cause – feel our appreciation for their commitment and all the “blood, sweat, and tears.”
I feel privileged and am honored to be a small part of this event.
Jack Huckel, Founder & Principal of J.R. Huckel & Associates, offers election and induction consulting services to Halls of Fame. Jack served the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum as Director of Museum and Archives for 9-1/2 years after more than 10 years as a volunteer and longer still as a soccer historian. More information is available at the firm’s web site. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518/852-3033.
Jack is a member of the International Sports Heritage Association, who’s 2012 Annual Conference will take place at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, RI from October 24 to 26. He is also a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Board of Directors’ Executive Committee. He will become president of the NSCAA in January of 2013.