Sunday, February 25, 2024

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Announces Creation of New ‘Sportsperson of the Year Award’

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame announced the creation of a new recognition — the Steve Guback Sportsperson of the Year Award.

The award is named in honor of Guback, a 2005 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, and will be presented to an athlete, coach, team, administrator and/or individual who supports athletics, and who has distinguished themselves through outstanding athletic achievement during the 2023 calendar year, the hall of fame said in a press release.

The award will be presented during the 2024 Induction Ceremony on April 20 in Henrico County.

“The Board of Directors has created the Sportsperson of the Year award as a way to honor recent athletic achievement and impact in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director, Will Driscoll. “The annual induction ceremony is a great celebration of historic accomplishments. This award helps connect the past and present of sports in Virginia.”

The Hall of Fame will accept nominations for this award from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, and anyone can nominate a deserving individual or team. The nomination criteria are as follows:

  • The nominee is a resident of Virginia and/or their athletic achievement has a strong connection to Virginia.
  • The athletic achievement must have taken place between Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2023
  • The nominee clearly demonstrates sportsmanship, defined as behavior exhibited before, during or after competition based on values, respect for the game and its participants.
  • The nominee positively affects a community’s sports culture and represents themselves and/or their athletic organization with integrity.

Nominations can be completed online or mailed directly to the Hall of Fame office:

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
c/o Sportsperson of the Year Award
One Columbus Center
283 Constitution Drive, Ste 303
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

The Board of Directors will review nominations and select the recipient for the Sportsperson of the Year Award to be presented at the annual Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

More information on the Sportsperson of the Year Award can be found on the Hall of Fame’s website,

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