PA Sports Hall of Fame, Montco Chap­ter to in­duct nine

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On July 25, Val­ley Forge Chris­tian Col­lege (VFCC) Ln 3KRHnLxvLOOH wDV RI­fiFLDOly ac­cepted into the Na­tional Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (NCAA) Di­vi­sion III pro­vi­sional mem­ber­ship process, ef­fec­tive Sept. 1.

In or­der to re­ceive NCAA Di­vi­sion III pro­vi­sional mem­ber­ship sta­tus, the ColOHJH wDV UHTuLUHG WR IuO­fiOO D manda­tory ex­ploratory year WKDW LnFOuGHG PHHWLnJ VSHFL­fiF stan­dards. These re­quire­ments in­cluded ob­tain­ing a lineup of 10 VS­RUWV, fivH PDOH DnG fivH fe­male, as well as em­ploy­ing a Se­nior Women’s Ad­min­is­tra­tor and an Ath­letic Trainer.

The Col­lege must suc­cess­fully com­plete four years of pro­vi­sional mem­ber­ship be­fore be­com­ing el­i­gi­ble for the full Di­vi­sion III sta­tus in 2016.

The Val­ley Forge Chris­tian Col­lege Ath­letic De­part­ment has grown by more than 60 per­cent in the past two years, most re­cently adding men’s golf, men’s and women’s cross coun­try and women’s soft­ball. This year, the men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball teams won the NC­CAA Di­vi­sion II Re­gional Ti­tle. -‘70s). For 20 years he was the Mont­gomery High School All-Star Foot­ball Game pub­lic ad­dress an­nouncer.

Henry (Hank) King, who’s earned life­time achieve­ment com­men­da­tions for his base­ball scout­ing con­tri­bu­tions to Philadel­phia Phillies’ suc­cesses, re­turns to his boy­hood turf for his Penn­syl­va­nia Sports Hall of Fame in­duc­tion. An Up­per Me­rion High let­ter­man in foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, and base­ball, his pitch­ing tal­ent led him, be­gin­ning in 1962, to con­tracts with the White Sox and Ori­oles sys­tems. In 1975 he joined the Phillies fam­ily. For 24 years, start­ing in 1984, Hank was the club’s chief ad­vance scout. He eval­u­ated Tampa Bay prior to the Phils’ 2008 World Se­ries tri­umph. The cur­rent Lim­er­ick res­i­dent has con­ducted in­struc­tional base­ball programs for young­sters for sev­eral yeas. And when not en­gaged with base­ball sea­sons, he’s served as a cer­ti­fied bas­ket­ball ref­eree.

John King and Henry King are some­times mis­taken as rel­a­tives. That’s not the case, but hav­ing both of them — from the same re­gion and same high school, and at the Hall of Fame’s head table Sept. 25 — is an in­ter­est­ing co­in­ci­dence. Each an Up­per Me­rion High three­sport let­ter­man. Base­ball ex­cel­lence in both of their back­grounds. At Brown Univer­sity John set a league home run record and earned first team All-Ivy League three times. He also let­tered in foot­ball, and is a Brown Hall of Famer for foot­ball and base­ball. While at Up­per Me­rion High John King re­ceived the Tri­an­gle Club’s Wil­liam Dan­nehower Award. His strong base­ball in­ter­est con­tin­ues. In the 1990s John served a successful term as pres­i­dent of the Perkiomen Val­ley Twi­light League.

Richard (Dick) Joseph Rit­ting — (Un­sung Hero Award Re­cip­i­ent) — The Mont­gomery Chap­ter of the Penn­syl­va­nia Sports Hall of Fame is proud to have in­sti­tuted this spe­cial honor for per­sons who de­voted sev­eral decades of ded­i­cated ath­letic ex­cel­lence and ser­vice to team­work and whole­some sports­man­ship.

Dick Rit­ting’s back­ground and re­sume typ­ify this an­nual award’s char­ac­ter­is­tics. The long-time res­i­dent of WKH GOHnVLGH DUHD fiUVW HDUnHG no­table sports page at­ten­tion as a foot­ball, base­ball, DnG WUDFN DnG fiHOG VWDnGRuW at Philadel­phia’s North­east High in the early 1940s be­fore serv­ing in the U.S. Navy, 1943-1946. With Rit­ting in key roles, North­east won City foot­ball and track ti­tles. He placed sec­ond in the 1943 City Cham­pi­onships high jump com­pe­ti­tion.

Dur­ing the many decades since he re­turned from mil­i­tary ser­vice, where he was a walk-on starter for the Navy base­ball team, the list of Dick’s ath­letic ac­com­plish­ments and con­tri­bu­tions have rarely been equaled.

Some ex­am­ples:

Two-way semi-pro foot­ball player, Chel­tenham Jay Vees, 20-plus sea­sons.

Chel­tenham Jay Vees semi-pro base­ball in Sub­ur­ban and Penn-Del leagues, 30-plus years. Jay Vees MVP, 1957. Player-coach sev­eral sea­sons.

Ex­ten­sive vol­un­teer ser­vice fol­low­ing his ac­tive play­ing and coach­ing ca­reer: 35-plus years Board of Direc­tors, Chel­tenham Jay Vees; 25-plus years Board of Direc­tors of the Philadel­phia Chap­ter of Penn­syl­va­nia Sports Hall of Fame and 10-plus years as the PA Sports Hall of Fame Eastern Re­gion vice pres­i­dent. Still build­ing on his life­time of achieve­ments, Dick Rit­ting is cur­rently ac­tive in his 10th year on the Amer­i­can Le­gion’s ex­ec­u­tive board.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the Mont­gomery County chap­ter’s third an­nual Penn­syl­va­nia Sports Hall of Fame din­ner on Sept. 25th at the Radis­son Ho­tel Val­ley Forge, 1160 First Av­enue, King of Prus­sia. The in­duc­tion din­ner be­gins at 7:30. Tick­ets, at $60 each, can be or­dered through Chap­ter Pres­i­dent David Rit­ting at 610 256-0300. Dave can also be reached by email at dav­erit­ting@ver­i­ Ta­bles of 10 are avail­able at $600. Checks and money or­ders can be is­sued to PSHoF-Montco Chap­ter, and mailed to the Penn­syl­va­nia Sports Hall of Fame Montco Chap­ter, 476 Brook­wood Rd., Wayne, PA 19087.

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