Olympic track and field gold medallist Tommie Smith, internationally renowned rock climber Lynn Hill and table tennis champion Jerry N. Davila-Castro are this year’s three inductees to the Santa Monica College (SMC) Foundation Sports Hall of Fame.
The three athletes will be inducted during a ceremony scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, November 4th, in the SMC Pavilion, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.
Smith is a retired Santa Monica College professor and Hill and Davila-Castro are both alumni of the college.
The induction ceremony will be followed by the SMC football homecoming game against Glendale College at 4 p.m. at Corsair Field.
Tickets are $50 and include barbecue lunch, snacks, game ticket and a $20 donation to the SMC Athletics Support Fund.
Smith coached the college’s track and field teams from 1978 until his retirement last year. As a competitive sprinter, he is the only man in track history to hold 11 world records simultaneously.
Winner of the gold medal in the 200-meter run at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Smith tied or broke 13 world records while he was a student at San Jose State University in the 1950s.
Aside from his coaching, Smith also taught sociology, health and physical education classes at Santa Monica College and served as interim athletic director.
Hill is widely recognized as the world’s best female rock climber. While at Santa Monica College from 1982 to 1983, she concentrated on middle-distance running and was a member of the SMC State Championship Women’s track and field team in 1982.
Considered one of the world’s best competitive rock climbers by winning more than 30 international titles, Hill was the first person to complete a free ascent of the nose of El Capitan — Yosemite National Park’s most famous climb.
Davila-Castro, who is in a wheelchair because of infant polio, attended Santa Monica College from 1989 to 1993, earning a certificate in recreation/ leisure studies.
A member of the 1992 USA Paralympics Team in Barcelona, he has racked up a number of achievements in table tennis, including silver medals in the 1986 Pan American Games and the 1987 World Championships, a gold medal at the 1991 California State Championship, and a silver medal at the 1991 National Championship.
This is the second year of the SMC Foundation’s annual Sports Hall of Fame.
Funding for the project is made possible by contributions through the President’s Circle, an annual giving support group founded in 2001, college officials said. The President’s Circle funds programs designed to enhance teaching and learning at Santa Monica College.
“The Sports Hall of Fame brings deserved attention to the outstanding programs and rich sports traditions of Santa Monica College,” said SMC Foundation executive director JoAnn McLin Ortiz. “It exemplifies the importance of saying ‘well done’ to those who have participated in those traditions and to those who will carry them on.”
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