Seven joining Sports Hall of Fame

The Baltimore Sun

Seven people will be inducted into this year's Community Sports Hall of Fame, according to the county government.

The Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks, honors those people who have "gained prominence and/or made a substantial contribution to community recreation sports" in the county, according to a news release. A 12-member committee selects the Hall of Fame member, who include game officials, promoters, coaches and program administrators.

An induction ceremony will be held Oct. 20 at the "Celebration of Sports" at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City.

The 2008 inductees will be:

Tony Brudis, who in 1992 became involved in local sports as a coach for softball, baseball and basketball with the Howard County Youth Program, then went on to become league commissioner and president of the board of directors for two terms. He also chaired the Howard County Golf Advisory Board, which helped establish golf as an official high school sport.

Jim Carlan, a volunteer with the Soccer Association of Columbia-Howard County for more than 35 years. He also has served as the organization's president and chief operating officer. His leadership was a driving force behind the development of Northrop Fields at Covenant Park.

Don Disney, a former Howard County physical education teacher who established the Kangaroo Club in 1978, a precision jump-roping team that will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. He served for many years as the coordinator of athletics for the Howard County school system and is now facilitator of health and physical education for the El Paso Independent School District in Texas.

Helen Moody, lacrosse chairwoman for the Howard/Carroll Officials Association, which she co-founded in 1978. She began officiating field hockey and girls lacrosse in the 1970s and was inducted into the Howard County Women's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

Karen Dye, field hockey chairwoman for the Howard/Carroll Officials Association. She has been a sports official in the county for 30 years and was inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame in 2006.

Roger Hockey, a softball administrator, tournament director and official. He began recruiting and providing umpires for the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association softball league in 1978 and established a formal USSSA Softball Officiating organization in the 1980s to meet county contracting requirements.

Stanley "Chick" Nedzel, co-founder and organizer of the Elkridge Youth Organization, which was established in 1956. He served as coach, manager, head umpire and commissioner. He will be honored posthumously.

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