Video from 2012 Induction Cerermony :
March 14, 1989 : Vaughn Stewart, noted caricature artist, originated the idea of a sports hall of fame for the Madison County area.
Initial talks with Frank Campbell (local golf legend) led to contacting James Record (famous local politician) because of his vast knowledge of the local history and
personal contacts within Madison County. He graciously accepted the idea and position as Chairman and the Hall of Fame was born. One by one, the original board was formed -
accepted their roles. The original Board consisted of these members:
James Record : Chairman
Vaughn Stewart : Co-Chairman
Billy Joe Rowan
An initial selection committee of eighteen
met, evaluated, and voted on inductees.
An advisory committee of
civic, religious, political, sports, and educational leaders also provided input.
Nomination Rules and Procedures
EFFECTIVE - JANUARY, 1990
REVISED - APRIL, 2003
A nominee who performed his/her athletic achievements in Madison County must be a current or former resident of Madison County
for five continuous years, not counting residency on a military base or college campus and who meet the other criteria.
A nominee who performed his/her athletic achievements prior to moving to Madison County must be a resident of Madison County for
ten (10) continuous years prior to his/her nominations.
A nominee must be at least 40 years old at the time of induction.
Any person may nominate an individual or individuals for consideration by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors. The nominator
is required to provide all necessary paperwork by the requested deadline to the following address: Athletic Hall of Fame, PO Box 566,
Huntsville, AL 35804. Nominators should make copies of all nomination materials, which are mailed, to the committee.
All nominees will be screened intensively. Statistics, old record books, scrapbooks, newspaper and magazine stories and/or
clippings will be considered where possible, and interviews about nominees may be sought out if necessary.
While each nominee’s athletic achievements will be of prime importance, his or her post-athletic record, as a citizen
will be considered. A nominee must have been a worthy citizen who has demonstrated the ideals of athletics in his/her occupational and community endeavors.
The Board of Directors shall elect four (4) to twelve (12) inductees each year, of which one (1) or more inductees shall be in the old-timer (Pre-1960) group.
Induction shall be held annually at a time and place to be selected by the Board of Directors.
Once a person is nominated, he/she will be considered each year for induction, without further nominations; however, further information about
the nominee will be added to his/her file.
A Coach or Administrator must have a minimum of 30 years of service in Athletics to be eligible if they are not retired.
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