Northern Illinois University’s Athletics Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its 2017 induction class, selection committee chair Rodney Davis announced.
“We want to remind the community, faculty and staff, our fans and NIU alums that this is an open process and that we encourage the public to submit qualified nominees,” said Davis, a former Huskie basketball standout during 1984-88 and a 2007 inductee into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame. “Our NIU Hall of Fame is about the best of the best.”
General criteria for induction is “outstanding contributions to intercollegiate athletics.” According to the Hall of Fame bylaws, former NIU student-athletes and teams are eligible for nomination 10 years after the final year of their respective intercollegiate competition while coaches, administrators and staff can be nominated five years after their departure or retirement from the university.
To clarify, student-athletes who completed their eligibility in 2006-07 can be nominated. For coaches, administration and staff, the first eligibility year is 2011-12.
There are two ways to make nominations for the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame: online and by mail. To nominate an individual online, use the Hall of Fame Nomination Form, fill out the necessary information and send it electronically. To nominate a person via mail, send letters of nomination for each candidate along with pertinent photostatic copies of newspaper or magazine clippings, yearbooks or scrapbooks. Send to: Hall of Fame, Athletics, Convocation Center 200, NIU, 1525 West Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL, 60115. Please note that any original support materials cannot be returned.
The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 2016. The NIU Athletics Hall of Fame Induction is set for Homecoming in Oct. 2017. The exact date will be announced at a later date.
Founded in 1978, the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame—a biennial induction event since 2011—has enshrined 199 individuals, 18 teams, and one family to its storied Cardinal and Black roster.