Avoca, PA (October 24, 2019) (article from the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame) – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is now presenting to its passengers and guests the second edition of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame exhibit. Two local chapters which have worked cooperatively to display their past and present inductees are the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame and the Northeastern Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame.
The Sports Hall of Fame exhibit attempts to recognize and perpetuate the endeavors and memory of local athletes, male and female, who have brought lasting fame and recognition to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and their chapters through their athletic achievements and community involvement.
Also eligible for such distinction are those individuals who have brought similar recognition to the state and their individual chapters, through their contributions to sports in managerial, promotional and other influential capacities.
On October 25, 2018, these two chapters presented to the Northeastern Corridor of air travelers and visitors, the vision of a cooperative enterprise between two entities that are rich in sports history and athletic heritage.
“This is what we wanted to present to our community,” stated Jim Martin, President, Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame. “This is the present and the past shaking hands.”
The 2019 exhibit displays athletes and administrators from varied levels of sports arenas. The Olympians, Professional Athletes, Collegiate Athletes, Coaches, Innovators and Founders give us a physical idea of our heritage by the displaying of their actual artifacts for public viewing. An interesting side-note is that one of the athletes on display had the opportunity to play against baseball pioneer and Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson.
The newest addition to the museum/exhibit is the “Hall of Fame – Sports Spotlight”. This recognizes current athletic achievements, and is continually upgraded to keep pace with all of the spectacular sports happenings in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The two local chapters of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame are appreciative and humbled by the opportunity to present this display to the continuous flow of travelers that utilize this vital travel service.
The Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame seized an opportunity on January 19, 2019, to act as community servant leaders, by collecting and delivering much-needed living articles for the Federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown. This is another example of the AVP family working in conjunction with the regional community
Pictured at unveiling are:
Carl R. Beardsley Jr. – Executive Director AVP
C. David Pedri – Luzerne County Manager
Jim Martin President – LCSHOF
Jane Walsh Waitkus – Vice Chair/ Luzerne County Council
Timothy McGinley – AVP Board Chairman/Luzerne County Council Chairman
Karel Zubris – LCSHOF – Historian