By Jillian Baker
Six new members were inducted to the KU Athletics Hall of Fame.
The 37th annual class incudes Kristina Braine Newport ’00, women’s track and field; Eric Clemmer ’00, baseball; Scott Eisenhart ’04, men’s track and field; Brianne Homyak Borana ’01, women’s basketball/softball; Melissa Klein Bradley ’03, women’s volleyball and Jessica Schuler ’98, softball.
The 2015-2016 class of inductees was recognized Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Georgian room.
The Hall of Fame was formed in 1977. The membership has increased to 193 after the six new members were inducted. The ceremony highlighted the athletic department’s Winter SportsFest as a part of KU’s sesquicentennial celebration.
The Hall of Fame class was also recognized during halftime at the men’s basketball game against Shippensburg, which the Golden Bears won, 81-78.
Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson welcomed all of the inductees, their families and alumni in the historic center of campus in Old Main.
This year is not only the President’s first year at KU, it is also the celebration of the KU sesquicentennial. Hawkinson said celebrating the sesquicentennial makes him reflect back on KU’s accomplishments and he is appreciative of all our milestones.
“Work hard, encourage each other and have fun,” said Melissa Klein Bradley. Klein said she is “honored and blessed” to be inducted into the KU Athletics Hall of Fame for her outstanding volleyball career. Keeping the balance of sports, academics and social life was difficult while she was a student at KU, she said. Klein currently works as a marketing coordinator for The Haverford Trust Company.
Greg Bamberger, athletic director, ended the ceremony with closing remarks. Bamberger said he is proud of the widespread success of KU’s athletic program. KU has achieved many conference championship titles for multiple sports such as football and softball as well as achieving academic success.
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