City Calls for Nominees to Yonkers Sports Hall of Fame for 2024

The Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation is accepting nominations for the Yonkers Sports Hall of Fame. This initiative acknowledges exceptional professional or amateur individuals, both living and deceased, who have significantly impacted or contributed to sports in the City of Yonkers.

Launched in 1966, the Yonkers Sports Hall of Fame was established to recognize residents who have demonstrated superb ability to not only play the game, but possess integrity, character, sportsmanship, and a commitment to promoting sports within the city.

Esteemed Figures

Eligible individuals have not only brought fame to themselves, but have also significantly contributed to the reputation of Yonkers. Their actions serve as an inspiration for young individuals to engage in sports. Their actions should motivate others to lead by example, thus encouraging them to engage in community sports and recreation programs.

Mayor Spano expressed the significance of the Sports Hall of Fame. In Tuesday’s announcement he said, “Our Sports Hall of Fame pays homage to both current and former Yonkers residents who have brought glory to our city through their remarkable sports achievements. Over the years, numerous outstanding citizens have gained prominence and fame in the world of sports, and the pride and honor they bestowed upon others should endure as symbols of accomplishment and examples of hard work for future generations.”

Current members of The Sports Hall of Fame include:

Championship Kayaker Nancy Kalafus, Track & Field Coach Dr. Richard A. Hill, Olympic Swimmer Lea Loveless, and Boxer Roger Donahue.

The Nomination Process

The City encourages residents to nominate individuals they believe deserve a place in the Hall of Fame by visiting

Submissions need to include sufficient and pertinent information such as photos and newspaper clippings. Nominees must adhere to certain criteria including attaining recognition and prominence in sports, being retired from the sport for at least five years, or having reached their 55th birthday. Each nominee must have resided in Yonkers for a minimum of 15 years.

Those selected for this honor will be formally celebrated at an awards ceremony and permanently memorialized on plaques displayed at the Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation, at 285 Nepperhan Avenue in Yonkers.

Deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, March 1, 2024.

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