RHS is look­ing to start Hall of Fame

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Who holds the record for the most rush­ing yards for the Rock­mart Yel­low Jack­ets? How about which Lady Jacket has the most home­runs in soft­ball? Or who has the best time in the 100-me­ter sprint in track and field?

These are ques­tions t hat Rock­mart High School’s ath­letic depart­ment hope to an­swer in the months to come as they look to get in touch with f ormer ath­letes not just for this rea­son, but to es­tab­lish hon­ors for those high achiev­ers who once wore black and gold.

It was a project that Rock­mart High School’s for­mer head foot­ball coach and ath­letic di­rec­tor Dan Duff once tried to start him­self be­fore he hung up his whis­tle, and one the school now wishes to tackle head on.

“We’re work­ing to start back up the Hall of Fame, and are cur­rently look­ing to es­tab­lish a cri­te­ria and process, and what to do to rec­og­nize our for­mer stars,” RHS ath­letic di­rec­tor Barry Wil­liams said.

How­ever to do that, Wil­liams needs the com­mu­nity’s help.

Specif­i­cally, he and the school are ask­ing that for­mer ath­letes, par­ents, coaches and com­mu­nity mem­bers send in in­for­ma­tion they might have on hand about who top per­form­ers were in the past, along with those who went on to play in col­lege or pro­fes­sion­ally.

So the school is ask­ing for the fol­low­ing:

1. If you be­lieve that you held or broke an ath­letic record at RHS, please send that in­for­ma­tion to Barry Wil­liams, Ath­letic Di­rec­tor.

‘In the past, un­for­tu­nately no one has kept records on our ath­letes. We’re hop­ing to gather all this in­for­ma­tion so we can not only honor those ath­letes who de­serve recog­ni­tion for their achieve­ments, but also so we can keep bet­ter track of who holds records for sports.’ Barry Wil­liams Rock­mart High School ath­letic di­rec­tor

Please in­clude your sport, your grad­u­a­tion year, and your stats. If you have a pic­ture of you as a high school ath­lete, please in­clude it as well.

2. If you are a for­mer RHS ath­lete who grad­u­ated from a col­lege where you played col­le­giate sports, please send that in­for­ma­tion, as well as a pho­to­graph of you as a col­lege ath­lete, to Barry Wil­liams. Please in­clude your RHS grad­u­a­tion year, your col­lege name and grad­u­a­tion year, and any col­lege stats that you have.

3. If you are a par­ent, coach, fam­ily mem­ber, etc, of an ath­lete who meets the above re­quire­ments, please feel free to send the in­for­ma­tion on be­half of your ath­lete.

4. If you are a coach, fam­ily mem­ber or fan who has col­lected stats on RHS ath­let­ics over the years, we would like for you to share any in­for­ma­tion that you have.

5. All in­for­ma­tion may be sent to Barry Wil­liams, Ath­letic Di­rec­tor, at [email protected] or bring the in­for­ma­tion to the RHS main of­fice dur­ing reg­u­lar school hours.

Wil­liams hope is not only to for­mu­late a list of peo­ple who should be hon­ored as a Hall of Fame ath­lete lo­cally, but also fig­ure out the sta­tis­ti­cal records for the school in all the sports the school hosts.

“In the past, un­for­tu­nately no one has kept records on our ath­letes,” Wil­liams said. “We’re hop­ing to gather all this in­for­ma­tion so we can not only honor those ath­letes who de­serve recog­ni­tion for their achieve­ments, but also so we can keep bet­ter track of who holds records for sports.”

There are al­ready some ath­letes the school knows they can honor, like Caro­line Wil­liams Hipp, for­mer RHS girls bas­ket­ball star who went on to be Van­der­bilt’s lead­ing scorer, or Danny Ware, who went on to a pro­fes­sional ca­reer in the NFL and has two Su­per Bowl rings.

With the pub­lic’s help, the school hopes to honor more than just those two.

“We care and ap­pre­ci­ate what our past and cur­rent ath­letes have done for Rock­mart High School,” he said. “We just want to do some­thing to show that sup­port and love we have for all those who have played here.”

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