Calistoga native Vermeil inducted into California Sports Hall of Fame

2011-02-17T00:00:00Z Calistoga native Vermeil inducted into California Sports Hall of FameSTAFF REPORT Napa Valley Register
February 17, 2011 12:00 am  • 

The California Sports Hall of Fame will induct its Class of 2011, including Calistoga native Dick Vermeil and other California sports legends Mike Haynes, Ken Norton, Tony Lopez and Bob Miller, during its 5th annual Induction ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m., at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, Calif.

Many former inductees and sports celebrities have been invited to attend, meet and greet guests, sign autographs and participate in an auction featuring rare sports memorabilia. Proceeds will benefit thousands of underprivileged youth.

“We are proud to continue our tradition of recognizing incredible Californians who have made outstanding contributions at the highest level in sports,” said Christian Okoye, founder of the California Sports Hall of Fame.

“The Class of 2011 truly embodies what sports is all about and we are excited to honor them during this special evening, which will also benefit at-risk youth across our state.”

The Class of 2011 was selected by a special committee, comprised of past California Sports Hall of Fame inductees and celebrity athletes, for their outstanding contributions to the world of sports in California and/or for their ties to the state.

Vermeil, an Super Bowl champion with the St. Louis Rams, attended San Jose State University and was born in Calistoga. Mike Haynes is an NFL Hall of Famer with the Los Angeles Raiders. Ken Norton, a WBC Heavyweight Champion and World Boxing Hall of Famer, was born in San Diego. Tony Lopez, a three-time World Boxing Champion, was born in Sacramento. Bob Miller is a recognized Play-by-Play Announcer and known as the “Voice of the LA Kings.”

Many former inductees will be in attendance to sign autographs, meet and greet guests and welcome the Class of 2011. Past inductees that have been invited include California sports celebrities such as Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, David “Deacon” Jones, Eric Dickerson, Tommy Lasorda, Dan Fouts, Dave Winfield, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mike Powell, Tom Flores, Marcus Allen, Cheryl Miller, Karch Kiraly and many more.

The California Sports Hall of Fame provides scholarships to disadvantaged student athletes and hosts free athletic clinics for underprivileged youth, featuring active and retired professional athletes and Olympians.

Through clinics and mentorship, the California Sports Hall of Fame hopes to foster a goal-setting spirit in each child to continue their education and succeed in life. Each ticket, including the induction dinner and ceremony, is priced at $260.

One ticket, including the induction reception, dinner and ceremony, is priced at $400.

To purchase tickets and for more information, contact the California Sports Hall of Fame at (909) 481-3541, e-mail or visit

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