The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF), a non-profit organization created to support and promote high school-age track and field, announced the launch of the National High School Track and Field Hall of Fame.
The Hall's mission will be to honor and celebrate the sportsmanship, excellence and character of high school track and field's finest student athletes, coaches and contributors.
"The Foundation has considered creating a Hall of Fame for high school track and field for years," said James Spier, Executive Director of the NSAF. "Track and field is the largest high school participation sport in the country and is the entry point and formative training ground for America's future summer Olympians and medal winners.
The exceptional athletes, coaches and contributors who make track and field such a great and exciting participation sport deserve to be celebrated and enshrined."
The Hall will honor three categories of inductees:
• Athletes: Competitors who have demonstrated exemplary athletic performance and strong character while in high school.
• Coaches: Leaders who have created excellence at the program level, achieving extraordinary results year after year.
• Contributors: Innovators and game changers. These may include administrators or media members who have elevated track and field through innovative work and tireless dedication.
Candidates will be nominated for induction by the track and field community at the HOF's official website. A selection committee composed of a panel of leading experts in from the high school track and field community will narrow down the candidates to a list of finalists.
The inductees will be determined by a combined vote of the public and selection committee. The inductees will be honored at a special ceremony in January 2018.
More information on how to nominate athletes, coaches and contributors to the newly founded Hall of Fame will be announced on August 1st.