KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Pennsylvania
Sports Hall of Fame – Montco Chapter is proud to announce the
Inaugural Hall of Fame SportsJam to be held Friday, October 23rd.
This SportsJam Party of the Year is in addition to the 53rd
Annual Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (PSHoF)
Induction Celebration that will be held on Saturday, October 24th
at the Valley Forge Casino Resort.
Sports Jam ’15 is a unique event combining music, sports, reality TV,
and some of Philly’s most notable artists and celebrities coming
together for a fun-packed night. The event will feature a star-studded
lineup of entertainers including David Uosikkinen’s “In the
Pocket” featuring Tommy Conwell, members of The Hooters, Soul Survivors
and the Dirty Dozen All Star Band. These musicians have combined to play
on records, or live, with artists who have sold hundreds of millions of
albums, had chart topping hits, and won Grammys.
In addition to great music, the Comcast Reality TV Show Rockin’ Road
Grill will be filming the event for use on their hit Comcast TV show.
Eddie Berner, the former lead guitarist for Flock of Seagulls, has
travelled the nation interviewing celebrities of all types, cooking,
playing music and having a good time. Previous guests have included John
Daley, Ron Jaworski, Bernie Parent and many other legends. Hunt Auction
will have sports memorabilia and there will be other celebrities
attending, some of whom will be joining the bands on stage for a jam
The SportsJam kicks off the Hall of Fame weekend that culminates with
the deep, deserving and impactful class of individuals whose
accomplishments will be celebrated among friends, teammates, family,
fans and admirers Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the 53rd Annual
Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration.
We congratulate those being honored this year; collectively this year’s
class has won multiple Super Bowls, Stanley Cups, Olympic Medals, NBA
Championships, NCAA Championships, MVP Awards, International Titles,
National Player and Coach of the Year awards and have spent hundreds of
years giving back to their sports and communities.
While all of these luminaries have been toasted and honored in various
ways over the years, this October 24th the inductees will be
joining an elite and exclusive PA Sports Hall of Fame club, which
includes previously enshrined immortals such as Arnold Palmer, Roberto
Clemente, Chuck Bednarik, Jim Thorpe, Franco Harris, Joe Frazier, Stan
Musial, Dick Allen, Betsy King, Jimmy Foxx, Steve Van Buren, Red Grange,
Cathy Rush, Richie Ashburn, Roger Penske, Willie Mosconi, Josh Gibson,
Roy Campanella, Robin Roberts, Greasy Neale, Harry Kalas, Pop Warner,
Tommy McDonald and Christy Mathewson.
The 2015 Class
——- Joe Paterno, Penn State Football (Deceased). The
winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 Football history, 409 Games. College
Football Hall of Fame, Two time National Champion, Five undefeated
seasons, NCAA record 24 Bowl wins and was also named Sports Illustrated
1986 Sportsman of the Year.
——- P.J. Carlesimo, College and NBA Basketball Coach. Coached
the Seton Hall Pirates to the 1989 NCAA National Championship Game, NCAA
Coach of the Year, Olympic Gold Medal winner with 1992 Dream Team and
won three NBA Championships as Lead Assistant Coach on the San Antonio
——- Kristy Kowal, Swimming / University of Georgia. In 2000
named the NCAA Woman of the Year for all sports, won the Silver medal in
the 200m breaststroke at the 2000 Olympic Games, won 8 NCAA titles and
10 USA titles.
——- Chuck Fusina, Football / Penn State University / USFL /
NFL. Maxwell Award Heisman Trophy finalist, Sporting News USFL Player of
the Year in 1984, led Philadelphia Stars to the USFL Championship,
played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers.
——- Matt Bahr, Football / Soccer / Neshaminy / Penn State
University. Two Super Bowl rings, with the Pittsburgh Steelers and
——- Neal Olkewicz, Football / Phoenixville / University of
Maryland / Washington Redskins, played in three Super Bowls and won two
——- Eric Crabtree, Football / University of Pittsburgh / NFL
Broncos, Bengals and Patriots.
——- Gray Simons, Wrestling / Lock Haven / Olympics, US
National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
——- Chip Lutz, Golf. Only the third person in history to win
back to back British Senior Amateur Open Championships, in addition Chip
recently won the US Senior Amateur at Hidden Creek Golf Club in New
——- Serafino “Foge” Fazio, College and NFL Football
Coach (Deceased). Head football coach at the University
of Pittsburgh from 1982 to 1985, an assistant coach with five NFL
teams between 1988 and 2002.
In addition to the above elected inductees, we are proud to announce the
Honorable Edward G. Rendell will be the recipient of the first ever
Pennsylvania Sports HOF Award for Pioneering Leadership in Pennsylvania
Sports. As the most visible, vocal, supportive and passionate leader in
Pennsylvania, the only logical choice for this award is Governor Ed
Tickets to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame October 24th
Awards Banquet are available at $75 each ($750 for a 10-person table)
online at www.MontcoSportsHoF.org,
or from Chapter president David Ritting at 476 Brookwood Rd., Wayne, PA
19087; phone 610-256-0300. Issue checks or money orders to PSHoF –
For tickets to Sports Jam ’15, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000,
or you can purchase directly from the Hall of Fame Website: http://www.montcosportshof.org/sportsjam2015.html.
Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame – Montco Chapter