From inducting the three newest Athletics Hall of Fame members to enjoying fellowship at a tailgate, basketball game, or pep rally it was a Friday filled with a spirited display of Gibbons legacy, engagement, and joy. For all involved, it was a most memorable day.
That was especially true for the members of the 2020 Hall of Fame class, which included a trio of Gibbons firsts – the first men’s lacrosse player, the first women’s soccer player, and the first tennis coach to be inducted. They were honored during the January 31 induction ceremony and reception in the school’s Learning Commons, where they and their guests were shown the newly released video about the history of Gibbons Athletics.
The event was also one of several celebrations to mark the close of Catholic Schools Week. It underscored that the ties that bind community members to Gibbons last well beyond graduation.
The newest hall of fame members also were recognized on center court during halftime of the women’s varsity basketball game against Sanderson High School in the Fr. Price Gymnasium. The inductees are listed below along with a link to a video of each honoree.
Director of Athletics Leadership/Legacy Dean Monroe said of the evening, “We were thrilled to honor two former student-athletes and one former head coach this past Friday evening at our 2020 Cardinal Gibbons Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reception. These gifted and talented individuals not only transcended our program and took it to another level during their time at Gibbons, and they also left behind a legacy.”
To be sure, the Athletics Hall of Fame honors the school’s past and inspires its future by celebrating former student-athletes and coaches who have contributed to Gibbons’ storied athletic tradition.
Also inspiring is that immediately after school the area around the main lobby and café was transformed into an indoor tailgate. The event, now in its fourth year, drew 100+ members of the school community who gathered around five tailgates sponsored by various school groups, including the women’s and men’s basketball teams.
Director of Parent Engagement Gina Jiampetti said the event was “a nice way to round off Catholic Schools Week and welcome our visiting team while enjoying the company of our Gibbons community.”