TROY — Troy has long been known for supporting athletes across various sports and throughout the school system. Why wouldn’t the town continue to recognize outstanding athletic prowess with a hall of fame? That was the discussion at the July 28 Rotary meeting. In 2013, the Trojan Athletics Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established, with co-founder John Terwilliger named as its president.
Housed at The Troy Foundation located at 216 W. Franklin St., Troy, the purpose of the Trojan Athletics Hall of Fame is “to recognize those individuals who, through their activities, helped preserve and enhance the rich tradition of Troy High School Athletics, both on and off the field of play.” In its inaugural ceremony in September 2013, 10 athletes were inducted. In the subsequent two years, five Trojans have been inducted so as to preserve the integrity of the honor for each inductee. The most recent group of athletes named to the Hall of Fame includes Jeff Brown, Todd Darbyshire, Russell “Bussie” Favorite, Beth Greulich and Matt Terwilliger. Their induction ceremony will be the weekend of Sept. 4-5.
The Hall of Fame relies heavily on nominations of Troy’s citizens. Currently, nominations of worthy athletes from the 1940s, and older, are being sought. The good news is once an application for a candidate is received, it is never discarded. The Hall of Fame committee maintains between 15-18 applications in its bank. For a complete list of winners, a nomination form and information on how you can get involved, visit their Troy — Ohio High School Athletics Hall of Fame Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TroyOhioHighSchoolAthleticsHallOfFame.
Troy Rotary Club members are always looking for new topics to share at weekly meetings. If you are interested in presenting your business or organization, please visit the Troy Rotary website at www.troyohiorotary.org and submit your information in the “Contact Us” section. Troy Rotary is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. You can follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club.