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Sen. Beach aims to create new West Virginia sports hall of fame


Times West Virginian

Sen. Robert Beach, D-Monongalia

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Over the last month, West Virginia sports icons have been front and center in the news. Back in January, Marion County native Nick Saban won his sixth college football national championship as a coach. On Saturday, Kanawha County native Randy Moss was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

On Monday, State Sen. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia, proposed legislation to further honor the athletic accomplishments of Mountain State athletes.

Senate Bill 480, which would create a new West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, was introduced Monday and was single-referenced to the Committee on Government Organization.

Currently, the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame exists within the Charleston Civic Center, and has been operated by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association since it was chartered as a nonprofit in 1950. Within the Charleston Civic Center, plaques featuring the coaches and athletes selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association have been displayed since 1960, with Marion County’s Roy Michael and West Virginia State’s Cal Bailey being inducted just two weeks ago.

In addition, other hall of fames exist throughout the state, such as the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame, the Fairmont State Sports Hall of Fame and many others.

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