BABSON PARK, Mass.--Athletics has a history that dates all the way back to the spring of 1920 at Babson College, and 1991 marked a new chapter with the formation of the Babson Athletics Hall of Fame.
Requiring more than just individual greatness, membership in the Babson Hall of Fame has always signified leadership, dedication to one's sport and to the College, good sportsmanship, and a willingness to sacrifice one's personal glory for the good of the team. The first induction class included men's soccer national champion Shane Kennedy '76, Paul Donato '84 P'13, who led the Beavers to a men's ice hockey national title as a senior, and five-time All-America swimmer Craig St. Amour '75.
They were joined by Judy Pearson '85, who starred in both women's soccer and basketball, was the first female inductee, and men's soccer coaches Bob Hartwell and Bill Rogers '73. Hartwell guided Babson to its national championship in 1975, while Rogers earned All-New England honors as a player before leading the Green and White to back-to-back NCAA Division III titles in 1979 and 1980.
Since 1991 Babson has inducted 16 Hall of Fame classes and the prestigious club has 66 members that represent 18 of the department's 22 programs. The Hall of Fame includes legendary women's basketball and former women's soccer head coach Judy Blinstrub, national champion and longtime men's soccer head coach Jon Anderson '75 P'04 P'08 P'13 '13, as well as Dr. Norman Govoni, who in addition to being a respected administrator, coach and professor at Babson for the better part of four decades was one of the founders of the Hall of Fame.
History will be made again in just over two weeks as the Babson Hall of Fame will welcome its 17th induction class, and its first teams, as part of the College's Centennial Celebration on September 20. In conjunction with the Centennial, the Beavers' 1975, 1979 and 1980 men's soccer, 1984 men's ice hockey and 2017 men's basketball national championship squads will be enshrined and celebrated amongst the school's all-time greats.