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## FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ##                                                                                                                         November 21, 2012


TC Martin, WorldOne Presents, Fox 40 and Thunder Valley Casino Resort are proud to announce the first annual Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame Celebration.  This event is to honor and acknowledge the athletic achievements of Sacramento’s greatest athletes.  It is a tribute to athletes who are originally from the Sacramento area and went on to achieve greatness in their respective sports at the amateur, collegiate and/or professional level.

Event:  February 2, 2013 at Thunder Valley Casino Resort.  This is a fan friendly event honoring five of the areas greatest athletes showcasing their accomplishments via induction type ceremony with video tributes and speakers. Each honoree will be present to accept an award and address the audience.  The event will also feature a meet and greet opportunity for audience members.  This is the inaugural event with other honorees being inducted on a yearly basis.

Mission:  The Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame is designed to publicly honor the top local athletes who have reached the pinnacle of their respective sports and who are recognized for their outstanding athletic achievements.  It is also the mission to create awareness of the talented athletes that have come out of our area who have succeeded at the highest playing level for an extended period of time.

Fans Vote:  Sacramento area sports fans have the opportunity to be actively involved in the selection process of honorees.  Fans will determine who is inducted into the Hall of Fame and celebrated at the event on February 2nd.  Voting is underway on

Voting and Selection Process:  Voting is conducted by fans casting their votes on the official web site  Voting will take place now thru December 20th.  The top five nominees receiving the most votes will become honorees.  Honorees will be announced on December 23rd.

Honorees:  The top five athletes who receive the most votes from the nominated list will be honored at the event on February 2nd.

Nominees:  56 athletes have been nominated who have met the following criteria:
1) Born or raised in the greater Sacramento area and attended a local high school. 
2) Distinguished themselves by their accomplishments in their respective sport at multiple levels of competition during their careers. 
3) Sustained success, cumulative statistics, awards and longevity in their respective careers. 
4) Displaying positive, moral and professional conduct during their career and having a positive impact while being visible in the community.

Partnership: Fox 40 and Thunder Valley Casino Resort.

Tickets:  $50, $100.  Purchase in person at Thunder Valley Casino Resort or online at 

Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 1st.

$100 VIP Package Includes
 * exclusive meet and greet with honorees
 * autograph & photo opportunity
 * reserved table seating – front section
 * complimentary hors d’oeuvres

Here’s what some of the Nominees are saying about the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame:

“It’s an honor to be considered and a great idea to acknowledge all of the great athletes to come out of Sacramento.  We have a lot of talent here.  I’m proud to be part of it.”
     - Dusty Baker

“It’s a great honor to be considered in your own hometown.  It’s a pleasure to be mentioned with all this talent.”
     - Steve Sax

“This is cool. We have great athletes in our town that some people might not realize come from here.  I’m looking forward to it”. 
     - Greg Vaughn

“It’s great to be considered with these guys.  This is going to be a great event and I’m excited to be part of it.” 
     - Tony “The Tiger” Lopez

“Great idea.  We’ve had a lot of great athletes here over the years and this is a great way to celebrate them.  I’m honored to be considered.”
     - Jerry Manuel

“It’s a long time coming.  I have always wanted to be part of something like this.  This is something special and I’m honored to be considered.  This will be a great event.” 
     - Bob Oliver

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