On March 4, 2011 at our Annual Induction Ceremony at the Waycross Exchange Club, Joe Haluski, Jack Ingalls, Walter Taylor, Mitt Layton, and Tony Smith were inducted as our latest Inductees.
Also, Student Athletes from the local high school Kaycee Meeks and Spencer Clark were honored.
Junie Hughley Fields, Will Jeffords, Jody Wade, Nels Strickland, Manuel Rivas
Joe Haluski, Jack Ingalls, Walter Taylor, Mitt Layton, Tony smith
The Waycross Ware County Sports Hall of Fame Waycross Ware County Located in the Old Depot in Downtown Waycross, Georgia is one of a few Halls located in an area of its size. It is there for the purpose of recognizing Persons worthy of induction into the local hall of fame. Also, its purpose is to recognize worthy student athletes from the two local high schools.
On March 5, 2010 at our Annual Induction Ceremony at the Waycross Exchange Club,
Jody Wade, Will Jeffords, Junie Hughley Fields, Nels Strickland and Manuel Rivas were inducted as our latest Inductees.
Also, Student Athletes from the local high schools, Hank Barnett, Kalie Douberly, Matthew Garmon and Sally Hackel were honored.
New honorees are chosen the last quarter of each year for induction during the March banquet of the following year.
A Little History about the Ware County Sports Hall of Fame
A telephone conversation between two long time friends (Coot Cribb and Paul Robinson) in early 1985 led to a meeting at the YMCA with others of like mind which resulted in organizing what is known today as the Waycross – Ware County Sports Hall of Fame. Those two, with a combined total of eight decades of sporting experience, called a meeting for June 20, 1985 to discuss their plans and the organization was formed.
A constitution and by-laws were adopted along with a method of electing inductees and for securing nominees that included a call for public submission of names.
Of the first 11 directors chosen, 8 are deceased. They are Oscar Moody, E. L. “Coot” Cribb, George Bowen, Paul Robinson, Vernon Willis, Fleming Tyre, Bill Green, and Jimmie Lee Dowling.
The first induction banquet was held in 1986 with 15 former local athletic greats becoming charter inductees in the Hall of Fame. The Hall was also granted tax exempt status, making contributions tax deductible. At the 1987 banquet, 10 more former stars were inducted. The 1988 ceremony saw 5 more inductees admitted. The Hall also began to recognize a male and female student athlete from each local high school that year. Each succeeding year five new inductees and the student athletes have been honored.