The Community Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, honors those who have gained prominence and/or have made a substantial contribution to recreational sports programs in Howard County. This year's inductees are Lou Chillemi, Joe Friend, Dave Grabowski, Skip McAfee, Gus Novotny, Norbert O'Donnell and Don Smith.
Their stories are being told over a two-week period. This is the first installment.
The induction ceremony will be held at the 10th annual Celebration of Sports, Oct. 9, at the Turf Valley Resort, in Ellicott City. Scott Foster, a National Basketball Association official who has officiated at eight NBA finals, will be the keynote speaker.
Tickets are $38 and include a buffet dinner. Tables of 10 are $350. Seating begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by phone (410-313-7275) weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or at howardcountymd.gov/celebrationofsports.htm.