African American Sports Hall of Fame will hold their inducation on Saturday at the Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth.
Heading the 2011 class is 2000 Olympic gold medalist and seven-time
Among the inductees are five athletes from the Peninsula:
(former Tabb and U.Va. football star who spent 10 seasons in the
), Lisa Rice (basketball player at Gloucester High and Norfolk State),
(former Tabb and U.Va. football star who still holds the sack record for the
nearly seven years after retirement), the late Ron Springs (Lafayette High football player who starred with the
) and the late Walt "Fuzzy" Ward (basketball star at
who was the first NBA player drafted from HU).
Other inductees include: Darren Perry, Morris Smith, James Church, Ken Whitley, William "Shorty" Gray, William Lassiter and Argle "A.B." Whitfield.