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Announcing NAGAAA’s 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Featured in the July/ August 2018 Issue of Compete Magazine

Each year the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance family (better known as NAGAAA) gets together to nominate those who have contributed significantly both to their leagues and to NAGAAA on an international level. These high-achieving, dedicated nominees are then paired down to a select few who become the new annual inductee class of the NAGAAA Hall of Fame.

The NAGAAA Hall of Fame is the highest honor the organization can bestow on one of its individual members based on the vast and significant contributions he or she has made to NAGAAA over the years. Their Hall of Fame nomination and induction marks them as pioneers and innovators and we recognize that it is on their backs that our organization was built.

These inductees have realized the importance of investing in our current and future league members through their coaching, mentoring and management efforts as well as their attendance at regional tournaments and annual Gay Softball World Series (GSWS). Their constant support has contributed to NAGAAA’s continuing influence and growth.

Each year NAGAAA hosts a dinner and invites current Hall of Fame members to return and join in the evening’s celebration – to remember our history and the individuals who created it and to celebrate our new inductees. This year’s event will be held in the Mosaic Center at the Florida Aquarium.

2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Sam “Sammy” Lehman

Association: Southern New England

Years in NAGAAA: 23

  • Southern New England (1996 to 2010)
  • New York (2011 to 2018)

 

 

 

 

Vincent Fuqua

Association: San Francisco

Years in NAGAAA: 29

  • San Francisco (1990 to 2018)
  • A member of his local league Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

Ronald “Ronnie” Laumann

Association: Mid-Atlantic

Years in NAGAAA: 19

  • Mid-Atlantic (2000 to 2018)
  • A member of his local league Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

Brian “LuLu” Wentz

 

Association: Philadelphia

Years in NAGAAA: 25

  • Philadelphia (1994 to 2018)
  • A member of his local league Hall of Fame

 

 

Orlando “Orly” Diaz

Association: New York

Years in NAGAAA: 33

  • New York (1986 to 1996)
  • Atlanta (1997 to 2002)
  • San Francisco (2003 to 2018)
  • A member of his local league Hall of Fame

 

 

 

Ron Frank

Association: Tampa

Years in NAGAAA: 23

  • Tampa (1996 to 2018)
  • A member of his local league Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

Brian Connor

Association: Atlanta

Years in NAGAAA: 17

  • Atlanta (2002 to 2018)

 

 

 

 

Visit http://www.nagaaasoftball.org/nominate-someone/ to learn more about the Hall of Fame criteria and nomination process. or to nominate someone. for the NAGAAA Hall of Fame.

By Catherine (CJ) Kelly, SDL

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