For the first time since 1971, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame will not hold its annual induction weekend this year. The seven-member Class of 2020 will be honored April 9-10 in Virginia Beach.
"To give our inductees, their families, and supporters an event worthy of Induction into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, myself and the Hall’s Board of Directors determined it would be best to focus on 2021," Hall of Fame Executive Director Will Driscoll said in a prepared statement.
The 2020 induction weekend -- scheduled for April 24-25 -- was originally postponed March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, the state’s official Hall of Fame stated it would determine at a later date if the event would be rescheduled for later this year or moved to 2021.
"While the state begins to re-open in certain sectors, there is still a high level of uncertainty surrounding events of this scale," Driscoll continued. "Our goal is to make sure everyone is not only safe attending our events, but also comfortable in doing so."
The 2020 Hall of Fame class includes Dennis Carter, Mike Cubbage, Lawrence Johnson, Bruce Rader, Tracy Saunders, Al Toon and David Wright.
The Hall will also honor Dennis Ellmer with the Steve Guback Distinguished Virginian Award highlighting his philanthropic contributions through sports.