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Checotah Athletics Hall of Fame

CHECOTAH ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME

Purpose

In order to preserve our athletic history, the ChecotaH High School Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 2021. The Athletic Hall of Fame is organized for the purpose of recognizing the rich tradition of athletic success at Checotah High School. It serves as a means of honoring and recognizing the athletes, teams, coaches, and supportors who made significant contributions to the Wildcat tradition of excellence. The Athletic Hall of Fame honors the contributions and accomplishments of these individuals and teams who are worthy of recognition as examples for others to emulate. Induction ceremonies will be held annually.

 

Nominations

The Selection Committee will develop a form upon which nominations will be made. The form must be completed and the qualifications of the proposed inductee must be clearly set forth in the form.

  • Nominations may be made by anyone, however self-nominations or unsigned/anonymous nominations will not be accepted.

  • The Selection Committee has developed a form upon which nominations can be made. The form must be completed and the qualifications of the proposed inductee must be clearly set forth in the form. Nominations are open 11/29/21 through 01/11/22 and forms can be picked up at H.S. Office at this time.

  • Nominations for consideration may be made by the Selection Committee or by public nominations..

  • Nominations must be received by a specified deadline to be considered for the current induction class.01/11/22

  • The Selection Committee shall have the discretion to narrow the field of nominees.

  • Nomination forms will be kept and reviewed for 3 years if the candidate is not inducted for current class.

Eligibility/Criteria

  • Athletes, coaches, teams, administrators or supporters, living or deceased, shall be eligible for induction subject to the criteria below. All nominees must represent the Checotah High School tradition of excellence.

Athletes:

  • Eligible 5 years after graduation from CHS ,Must have lettered in one or more Varsity sports.

  • Athletic ability, sportsmanship, character, leadership, contribution to the team and the games he/she participated in. A similar standard of ethics shall have characterized the years following their time at Checotah High School, to the best of the committee’s knowledge.

  • Awarded All-Conference, All Star, All-State, any individual or team championship, any record or winning streak, conference leader in recognized statistical category, college scholarship, etc. Achievements should be on record and verified by copies of news clippings, yearbooks, certificates of awards, etc. Committee may also consider post-graduate activities including college and professional experience.

  • Academic Achievement shall be recorded. Transcripts from HS and College (if applicable). Academic award honor roll etc.

Coaches:

  • Any coach with 5+years coaching experience at CHS is eligible (the Committee may make exceptions as to years experience in unique, special circumstances).

  • The nominee must be inactive.

  • Accomplishments (individual or teams) must have merited district and/or statewide recognition, as well as made significant contributions to the athletic programs at CHS.

  • Coaching ability, loyalty to CHS, leadership, character, athletic expertise, significant contribution to their teams and to the sports they coached must have been demonstrated.

  • The same ethical and life standards expected of his/her athletes shall also characterize the life of the coach.

Voting Procedures

  • The Selection Committee shall review all candidates based on information available at the time of the meeting.

  • After open discussion about candidates, the Committee shall call for a vote for the purpose of selecting a slate of inductees to vote upon. To be listed on the slate of final nominees to be voted upon, the Athletic Hall of Fame the nominee must receive an3 out of 5 approval rating from voting members.

  • A survey will go out to the committee allowing a vote of a specified number of inductees whom they feel should be inducted into the next IHS Athletic Hall of Fame Class. Every effort should be made to induct deserving candidates who are more senior in age before more recent graduates, while attempting to represent a good cross-section of graduation year/age, sport, male/female in a given induction class. The voting procedure and details must be kept confidential.

  • Hall of Fame selections will be announced after the individual/teams have been notified and their acceptance of the induction and participation in the ceremony are verified.

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

  • An Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will occur once a year. 2/14/22 @ Checotah Event Center

  • The Athletic Director along with committee members will oversee the planning of the ceremony. Each inductee must attend the Hall of Fame ceremony. If the inductee is deceased, a representative must attend the ceremony. In the case of an emergency or other hardship, which precludes the inductee or representative from attendance, the Hall of Fame Committee will make the appropriate decision regarding induction.

  • On the evening of the induction, new members are guests of honor at the induction ceremony.

  • New members are presented with a Hall of Fame memento and their name will be listed on the Hall of Fame wall, which is permanently displayed at Checotah High School Event Center.

Please contact Jeramy Branchcomb Checotah High School Athletic Director for information on nomination documents jobranchcomb@checotah.k12.ok.us or 1-918-473-8061