Brett Esely, senior associate athletic director for Missouri Western State University, said that the induction ceremony has been in the works for the better part of a year. “Planning for it started in September of 2020,” Esely said. “The culmination was of a little over a year’s worth of work, and we’re excited to be inducting 10 individuals, one team and also recognizing our Special Olympics area athlete of the year at our ceremony.”
St. Joseph Sports Commission to Induct 10 into Hall of Fame | Local News Some hall inductees include nine-year NFL defensive end Mike Rucker, former Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder and 10-year MLB veteran Byron Browne. Esley said the wide array of backgrounds of inductees only shows how diverse the talent in the surrounding area of St. Joseph has been and continues to be.
The event is more than likely to sell out, as Esley said there will be a packed crowd. And those who miss the event need not worry because this is just the start of the St. Joseph Sports Commission recognizing area talent by inducting them into the hall.
“This is our inaugural class. The key word there is inaugural,” Esley said. “This is not the only class of hall of famers. This is just the beginning.” “Our sports history here in St. Joseph and Buchanan County is very rich, and it spans a number of years,” Esley said. “ I think there is a lot of history people know about, and I think there’s a lot of history that people don’t know about.”
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