Five athletes from the Peninsula to be inducted into Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday

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The Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame will hold their inducation on Saturday at the Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth.

Heading the 2011 class is 2000 Olympic gold medalist and seven-time NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning of Chesapeake.

Among the inductees are five athletes from the Peninsula: Terry Kirby (former Tabb and U.Va. football star who spent 10 seasons in the NFL), Lisa Rice (basketball player at Gloucester High and Norfolk State), Chris Slade (former Tabb and U.Va. football star who still holds the sack record for the New England Patriots nearly seven years after retirement), the late Ron Springs (Lafayette High football player who starred with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins) and the late Walt "Fuzzy" Ward (basketball star at Hampton University who was the first NBA player drafted from HU).

Other inductees include: Darren Perry, Morris Smith, James Church, Ken Whitley, William "Shorty" Gray, William Lassiter and Argle "A.B." Whitfield.

The induction banquet is at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6. Admission is $75 per person. For reservations or other information, call Yvette Todd at (757) 404-1755.

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