Vikings will honor nine former athletes/administrators as its inaugural class before Friday’s boys basketball game against Garfield.
Rainier Beach has a rich athletic tradition, but you wouldn’t know by walking the halls of the school’s campus.
That changes Friday.
Beach erected a Hall of Fame and will induct nine former athletes/administrators as its inaugural class. A ceremony to honor the alumni will be between the 7 p.m. girls and 8:30 p.m. boys basketball games against Garfield.
“It’s important for a school to have a Hall of Fame,” said Foster, who noticed the void when hired four years ago. He began work on establishing the initial class last year and plans to induct one boy athlete, one girl athlete and one administrator annually.
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“You get jerseys retired all the time,” Foster continued. “This goes a little bit further. It’s more recognition.”
NBA star Jamal Crawford, who led Beach to a state championship and currently plays for Minnesota, is the only alum still competing as an athlete in their sport. He’ll be inducted alongside basketball stars Doug Christie and Tara Davis; track legends Cecil Bowie and Ginnie Powell and rowing Olympian Kate Maloney. Former administrators Francis Williams, Larry Moore, and Dan Jurdy round out the inaugural class.
Crawford and Christie, who’s a Sacramento King’s broadcaster for NBC Sports California, aren’t expected to attend Friday’s event due to the NBA schedule. Foster said the others will, Maloney traveling from Massachusetts where she is currently the women’s crew head coach at Williams College.
Maloney was an all-Metro League soccer player while at Rainier Beach. She made her name in rowing once enrolled at Washington, competing in the Sydney Games.
Davis also shined in multiple sports at Beach, leading the school to its only Metro soccer championship. She nabbed a basketball scholarship to play at UW and competed in track for the Huskies. As a fifth-year senior, she won a Pac-12 title in the long jump. Davis is currently an assistant director of athletics for Seattle Public Schools.
“It’s an honor to be recognized,” Davis said. “This brings awareness to all of the great athletes that have come through there. Brings the past into the…