Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2018
The Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame inducts its Class of 2018 on Tuesday. Clarissa Chun, Clay Stanley, Dean Wilson and Shane Victorina are named the newest members of just the 22nd class of inductees. The Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1978, and the selection is a permanent recognition of what these athletes have achieved in their respective careers.
The Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame inducts its Class of 2018 on Tuesday. Clarissa Chun, Clay Stanley, Dean Wilson and Shane Victorina are named the newest members of just the 22nd class. The Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1978 -- the selection a permanent recognition of what these athletes have achieved in their respective careers.
Chun, a state champion wrestler out of Roosevelt High School, went on win the Bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and is the first Wrestler from Hawaii to medal in the Olympics. "I still get shocked thinking like, 'Oh my gosh I achieved so much in wrestling I feel like,' but yeah wrestling wasn't even an Olympic sport when I went out for wrestling," she says.
Stanley played volleyball for the University of Hawaii. He was Team USA's leading scorer in the 2004 Olympics in Greece, and led the U.S. team to a gold medal in the 2008 games and named Most Valuable Player. "It's pretty amazing, you know especially having members of my family also inducted and being with this awesome class. I know Clarissa from back at the Olympic training center days too so it's a pretty amazing thing," he says.
Wilson was raised in Kaneohe and received a scholarship to play golf from BYU-Hawaii. He turned pro in 1992 and qualified for the Japan tour in 2000, winning two major tournaments, earning him a spot on the U.S. Open. 2006 was his best year in the PGA, winning The International and finished second at the Valero Texas Open. "I just hope that i can show that a guy from a public golf course can play and get on the tour and accomplish his dreams and just always hopeful and try to be encouraging to other junior golfers and young kids growing up that they can attain whatever they want," he says.
Maui-bred Victorino, known in his Major League Baseball career as "The Flyin' Hawaiian," has won four Golden Gloves, is a two-time All-Star, and has two World Series Championships -- one with the Phillies in 2008, and the other with the Red Sox in 2013. "You know the state of Hawaii for embracing me as one of their own, to go out there and support me in my career you know through all that I've been through, and i hope that i took them on a great journey and i hope that that journey was a fun ride and we all enjoyed it together because i did it for them," he says.
The induction took place at the Honolulu Country Club with a formal induction ceremony and banquet.