INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University's athletic booster organization, the "W" Club, will induct eight of its alumni into the university's Sports Hall Fame with a brunch at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Wilson University Union.
The new "W" Club Sports Hall of Fame members are: James L. Henry (Class of 1983) for football; Julius A. McLeod II ('89) for football; Shawn Harvey ('96) for basketball; Alfred G. Vance ('75) for basketball; Richard L. Dunlap ('65) for track and field; James M. Hill Jr. ('60) for swimming; Taryn Haas ('07) for volleyball; and honorary inductee U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ('71).
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is part of WVSU's annual homecoming activities. Following the brunch, where the new inductees are given gold jackets to wear, they will be go to the Canty House, which houses the Hall of Fame, and be led through a lineup of previous inductees.
New inductees will also be recognized during halftime at the homecoming football game later that day when the Yellow Jackets face Urbana University at 1:30 p.m.
"It is always an honor to recognize individuals or teams that bring distinction to WVSU and to let them know we haven't forgot you and to say thank you," said William Lipscomb, president of the "W" Club. "I have seen how other colleges bestow this honor, and truly, we don't take second place to any of them. When they present the Hall of Famer's lineup and extend their hands to welcome the new inductees into the 'House,' and then we line up at halftime on the football field, the feeling of Yellow Jacket pride is at its highest peak."