By Kyle Lovern
November 8, 2013
The Williamson High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is starting a building fund drive for improvements to the Williamson Fieldhouse.
“As you are aware, there is no longer a Williamson High School due to the consolidation of several schools in Mingo County; however, that does not mean that the pride we all have in our alma mater no longer exists,” said Cecil Hatfield, president of the WHS HOF organization. “This is especially true as it relates to our pride in the athletic achievements of Williamson High School and the athletes that helped in those achievements.”
The WHS Athletic Hall of Fame was established a number of years ago to preserve the trophies and awards earned over the history of the school and to honor the athletes that participated in those achievements. Although the school no longer exists, the Hall of Fame will continue into the future. In that endeavor, the HOF committee is working in conjunction with the Williamson Park Board to establish a permanent location for the Hall of Fame.
The Williamson Field House, which is the home of the Wolfpack and listed on the National Register of Historical Places, will be renovated and expanded for this purpose. The existing hospitality room will be expanded for use by the Hall of Fame and the restroom facilities will be renovated to modern standards and handicap requirements.
“The trophies and plaques of current and future Hall of Fame inductees will be placed on a wall, protected by a glass enclosure, outside the hospitality room for current and future visitors to see and remember the great athletes that have worn the maroon and white,” said Curt Phillips, a member of the Williamson Park Board.
“Additionally, the hospitality room will be renovated so that future induction ceremonies can be held at the Field House. The Wolfpack logo will be imbedded in the floor of the hospitality room. Of course, a project of this magnitude requires funding. The estimated cost is $40,000 - $60,000,” Phillips added.
“That is why we are asking every WHS graduate to help with this worthy cause. Every little bit helps, whether it be $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, or whatever amount you can afford; it all will help toward this goal,” Hatfield said.
Please make your check or money order payable to:
Williamson HOF Building Fund
169 East Third Avenue
Williamson, WV 25661