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October 17, 2013

Resuscitating our Sports Hall of Fame

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A visit to Garwich’s class years ago unveiled a collection of history. Pat made teaching fun and always had a photo opportunity waiting. I did not know about her trivia book until now, but it doesn’t surprise me.

According to Brown, Haverhill has a great history when it comes to sports.

“We need to keep better track of our accomplishments so we can share them with future generations,” he tells us.

Proceeds from sponsorships, ad sales and book receipts will go toward reducing Haverhill school sports fees. A gifted athlete should not be made to pay, especially those from needy families in our community. None of these Hall-of-Famers had to cope with such financial duress.

In fact, for many it was the opportunity to earn a college scholarship and create a better environment for themselves and their families.

Tom O’Brien’s intention is to someday eliminate sports fees by organizing annual fund-raisers. An annual induction ceremony and sports yearbook will be good ways to raise funds.

Let’s bring this back with dignity. Let’s revive our Hall of Fame and put it right on Monument Street at Haverhill High School where it belongs with all our other banners of glory.

Writer and photographer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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