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VUU Athletic Hall of Fame induction on Friday

Fred Jeter | 9/22/2017, 10 p.m.
Virginia Union University’s Athletic Hall of Fame will open its doors to six new inductees on Friday, Sept. 22. The ...

Virginia Union University’s Athletic Hall of Fame will open its doors to six new inductees on Friday, Sept. 22.

The induction banquet will be 7 p.m. at the Dr. Claude G. Perkins Living and Learning Center on the VUU campus, 1500 N. Lombardy St.

The Class of 2017 inductees:

Andre Braxton (football): Rushed for 5,008 yards and 63 touchdowns from 1997 to 2000. He was CIAA Player of the Year in 2000, All-CIAA for four straight seasons and won the Alonzo “Jake” Gaither Award in 2000, also known as the “Black Heisman.”

Wanda Hobbs Gill (women’s basketball): Led the Lady Panthers in scoring (11.8 points) and rebounding (10.4 per game) during her senior season, 1986-87. During her freshman year, the Lady Panthers reached the NCAA Division II National Championship.

Lou Hearn (women’s basketball coach): Guided the Lady Panthers to a 96-61 record and the 1983 NCAA Division II National Championship during his six seasons as head coach.

Dr. Benjamin J. Lambert III (supporter): The late optometrist and former state legislator was an alumnus of Virginia Union University and served as the secretary of the VUU Board of Trustees.

Dr. Thomas Loughran (team physician): An orthopedic surgeon who has served as team doctor for all VUU student athletes for all sports since 1988. He is affiliated with VCU Medical Center.

William M. Ormsby: Was a standout in track and tennis at VUU from 1954 to 1957. He later was a Los Angeles Municipal Court judge in California.

Tickets are $45 and are available at the VUU Office of Institutional Advance in the C.D. King Building or online at www.eventbrite.com.