TORONTO, ON – Nick Volpe has dedicated decades of his life to Varsity Blues football. On June 7, his commitment will be honoured at the 2012 University of Toronto’s Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Volpe was a volunteer recruiter for the Blues starting in the early 1950s. He is one of the founding members of Friends of Football and in 2001 was named a member of the “Varsity Blues All-Century Legend” team. Recently Volpe became a member of the Blues football historical committee and has also sat on coaching search committees for the team.
Volpe is one of three builders who will be inducted. Liz Hoffman, U of T’s former director of athletics, will be honoured along with Robin Campbell, the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education’s current executive director of advancement and alumni affairs.
Eight individual athletes will be inducted at the Hart House ceremony: all-Canadian basketball standout Elizabeth Hart; football MVP Wayne Dunkley; Olympic field hockey stars Lisa McCrae and Wendy Baker; high jump record-holder Alex Zaliauskas, Olympian and current Blues women’s hockey coach Vicky Sunohara, badminton sensation Adrian Ma, football MVP Wayne Dunkley, and two-time athlete of the year, swimmer Marco Cavazzoni.
U of T will also induct members of the CIAU-winning 1985 and 1986 Blues field hockey team and players from the 1971-72 Blues men’s hockey team, who were national champions.
“The Hall of Fame ceremony is always a highlight for me,” says Beth Ali, U of T’s director of intercollegiate and high performance sport. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to share memories and celebrate outstanding performances that continue to inspire.”
Tickets are available at uofttix.ca, or by calling the Hart House box office (416) 978-8849. The reception will start at 6:00 p.m. in the Great Hall with the ceremony to follow at 7:30 p.m. in Hart House Theatre.
The Sports Hall of Fame honours U of T’s greatest athletes and builders. It was established by the T-Holders’ Association in 1987 as part of an ongoing effort to preserve and display the records relating to the outstanding historical tradition of athletic, academic and community leadership fostered by the University of Toronto.
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