The nomination deadline for the Winston-Salem State University Clarence E. “Big House” Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame is quickly approaching.
The public is invited to submit nominations by no later than April 1.
The Clarence E. “Big House” Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame is the highest individual honor that a former athlete, athletic administrator or private individual can receive at Winston-Salem State University. Restored in 2002 by former Athletics Director Dr. Chico Caldwell, the Hall – named for WSSU’s legendary former basketball coach – honors an annual class of new inductees in the fall of every academic year after an exhaustive year-long nomination, review and induction voting process by a 15-member panel.
Inductees are available in three distinct categories – former athletes, former coaches and those who have devoted countless hours of tireless work to the Athletic Department through meritorious service being eligible for enshrinement. The Hall of Fame selection committee will consider the applicants’ accomplishments as well as their financial contributions to the University.
There are dozens of current Hall members, including WSSU alumnus Stephen A. Smith, a sports writer and ESPN personality; Tim Grant, a former WSSU coach who now leads the City’s Recreation and Parks Department; and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, a former WSSU standout who went on to become an NBA legend.
The application is available online at www.wssurams.com/about/hall_of_fame/Hall_of_Fame_Nomination_Ballot.pdf.