GLENDALE -- When the best of the best former Glendale Community
College athletes gathered for a celebration, it was no surprise that
Cathy Ferguson was among them.
About 200 supporters were on hand Sunday as Ferguson, a Burbank High
graduate, Donna Mayhew, Carl Boldt, J. Walter Smith, Chuck Gibson and the
1985 Vaquero football team were the first class inducted into the
Glendale Community College Athletic Hall of Fame at the J.W. Smith
Student Center on the GCC campus.
It was a fun, memory-stirring event for the appreciative group of
"This is quite an honor," said Ferguson, who received the Pillar of
Ferguson played basketball at GCC, after -- as a Burbank student --
won two gold medals and set two world records as a swimmer at the 1964
Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Graduating from GCC in 1966, Ferguson is now the Chief Marketing
Officer for the American Youth Soccer Organizatio. He also serves as the
vice president of United State Olympians.
"Perhaps the most fun of all my years of education were here at
Glendale College," Ferguson said.
"First and foremost, education is the key component to everything,
whether you're an athlete nor not, you choose what you do with your life.
"Sports will be thre, but intimate participation will be short-lived,
while education will be with you for the rest of your life.
"And this [induction event] has been great, they've treated me