Since 1989, the Sports Hall of Fame has honored local legends who have inspired others with their athletic ability, coaching skills, and/or sports management skills and have raised the level of importance of sports on the Peninsula. The Hall of Fame, located here at the San Mateo County History Museum, has grown to include more than 250 people including Olympians, professional athletes, coaches, and many others.
This year, the Historical Association will be hosting a reception on Thursday, May 14 at the San Mateo County History Museum. The inductions will take place in the Museum’s historic Courtroom “A”. The cost will be $20 for members in advance or $25 at the door, and $35 in advance for non-members or $40 at the door. Non-members who purchase two or more tickets will receive a complimentary individual-level museum membership. The emcee will be KNBR's Marty Lurie.
This year’s inductees are:
- Nicole Carroll Lewis--College of San Mateo:
A world-class javelin thrower who starred at CSM and Fresno State, she was a two-time American champion and a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team.
- Pat Lewis--Mills, Oceana, and Jefferson High Schools
A productive track and field coach for 50 years on the Peninsula, he specialized in tutoring male and female athletes in throwing events (shotput and discus).
- Gino Della Libera--San Mateo High School
A football and track and field standout, he took his considerable skills to Arizona State University where was an integral part of an undefeated 1957 Sun Devils football team.
- Eric Reveno--Menlo School
A basketball state champion at Menlo School, he later played at Stanford and became the head coach at the University of Portland, earning league Coach of the Year honors.
- Tod Spieker--Menlo-Atherton High School
An outstanding swimmer at Menlo-Atherton and UCLA, and later in masters’ age-group competition, he has had a major impact on aquatics locally and nationally.
- John Ward--Carlmont High School
An ex-San Mateo County supervisor, he has created and maintained a comprehensive website that charts the long history of Northern California semi-pro/amateur baseball.