Walther Athletic Hall of Fame Bylaws

Walther Athletic Hall of Fame

Bylaws 

I. Purpose

In order to preserve the historical achievements of Walther Christian Academy and Walther Lutheran High School, the Walther Athletic Hall of Fame is to be formed.  The Hall of Fame is organized for the purpose of recognizing the rich tradition of success academically, athletically and spiritually, in service to our community. The Hall of Fame serves as a means of honoring alumni by recognizing the milestones and historic moments achieved by those individuals and teams throughout Walther’s history, honoring coaches who made a significant impact on the student-athletes here at Walther, and acknowledging the contributions of supporters of Bronco athletics over the years. The Walther Hall of Fame honors the contributions and accomplishments of these individuals and teams who are worthy of recognition as examples of Walther’s rich athletic history.

The Walther Athletic Hall of Fame Committee adopts the following bylaws for the Selection Committee:

II. Selection Committee

  • The Hall of Fame Selection Committee shall include the following members and shall consist of no more than 8 members. A selection committee is made up of but not limited to one or more school administrators, executive board members, faculty members, retired faculty/coaches, alumni.
  • Members of the committee shall abstain from voting if a member of his/her immediate family or relative is proposed.
  • The Committee shall elect a President who shall oversee all meetings and the selection process.
  • The Committee shall elect a Secretary. The Secretary will maintain minutes from committee meetings.
  • The President and Secretary shall be chosen annually at a November meeting of the Committee.
  • The Committee will be responsible for the selection of Hall of Fame inductees. The Committee will meet as necessary to vote on candidates for the Hall of Fame and to plan for ceremonies.
  • The number of inductees in each Hall of Fame class may vary. The Committee shall vote on the nominees it determines suitable for consideration. A minimum positive vote of 75% of members present is required for induction.

 

 

III. Nominations

The Selection Committee will develop a form upon which nominations will be made.  The qualifications of the proposed inductee should be clearly set forth in the form.

  • Nominations may be made by anyone; however, self-nominations or unsigned/anonymous nominations will not be accepted.
  • The official nomination form must be completed and the qualifications of the proposed inductee must be clearly set forth in the form, listing all appropriate qualifications (all-conference, state honors, varsity letters won, individual stats, etc.). Subjective anecdotal information may be included, but will not be weighted as heavily as more objective information.
  • Nominations for consideration may be made by the Selection Committee or by public nominations.
  • Applications for nominations shall be made available on the WCA website, social media and other communication channels for a publicized period of time.
  • Nominations must be received by a specified deadline to be considered for the current induction class.
  • The Selection Committee shall review all nominations and will have full authority to determine which nominations are worthy of inclusion in that current hall of fame class.
  • Nomination forms will be kept and reviewed annually if a candidate is not inducted for the current class.

IV. Eligibility/Criteria

  • Individuals, teachers, athletes, coaches, teams, administrators or supporters, living or deceased, shall be eligible for induction subject to the criteria below. All nominees must represent the Walther Christian Academy/Walther Lutheran HS tradition of excellence and the values and teachings of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
  • An individual athlete shall become eligible for Hall of Fame nomination 10 years after graduating from Walther.
  • A team shall become eligible for Hall of Fame nomination after 10 years.
  • A coach shall become eligible for Hall of Fame nomination 10 years after first becoming a coach at Walther.
  • Supporters of Bronco athletics may be nominated after having been directly involved in supporting the Bronco athletic department for at least 5 years.

 

  1. Athletes:
  • Eligible athletes must have lettered in one or more Varsity sports.
  • The following are examples of honors that can be used to support a nominee’s selection:
    • All-Conference, All-State, any individual or team championship, any record or winning streak, league leader in recognized statistical category, college scholarship, etc.
    • Athletic ability, sportsmanship, character, leadership, contribution to the team and the games he/she participated in shall also be considered.
  • If possible, achievements should be on record and verified by copies of news clippings, yearbooks, certificates of awards, etc. All-star teams, tournaments, and awards were less common in earlier eras and documentation of achievements might not exist, especially for older nominees. This will be taken into consideration by the Selection Committee.
  • Committee may also consider post-graduate activities including college and professional experience, although these are not as important as the achievements during high school at Walther.

 

  1. Coaches:
  • Any coach with coaching experience at Walther is eligible for consideration.
  • The nominee can be an active/current coach at Walther or an inactive coach (retired or having left Walther).
  • The following are examples of honors/criteria that can be used to support a nominee’s selection:
    • The accomplishments of individuals or teams coached
    • Won/Loss Record, conference championships, success in IHSA state tournaments, State Rankings, success in multiple sports, Coach of the Year honors, recognition as an outstanding coach from peers, league, or IHSA.
    • The impact made on student-athletes coached
    • Coaching ability, loyalty to Walther, leadership, character, athletic expertise, significant contribution to their teams and to the sports they coached must have been demonstrated.
    • The same ethical and life standards expected of his/her athletes shall also characterize the life of the coach.

 

 

  1. Teams:
  • Outstanding team success can be determined in a variety of ways:
    • League, Regional, Sectional, State championships
    • Number of all-conference, all-state athletes on a team
    • Won/loss record

 

  1. Administrators/Staff/Volunteers/Supporters
  • Exceptional leadership, character, loyalty to Walther Athletics and the passion for, and support of, the success of the school is paramount.
  • Examples of supporting evidence for inclusion in the Hall of Fame include:
    • Active membership in the Walther Booster Club or other organizations supporting Walther athletics
    • Continued attendance at games, both home and away
    • Volunteerism that helps to support Walther Athletics
    • Involvement in fundraising for Walther Athletics
  1. Removal from the Hall of Fame.

Walther Christian Academy reserves the right to remove any individual from the Hall of Fame for personal conduct which reflects discredit upon the school.

  1. Hall of Fame Ceremony
  1. Individual inductees (athletes, coaches, supporters) will be notified of their selection into the current class 2 months prior to the induction ceremony. Every attempt will be made to make direct contact with individuals via mailed letter or electronic communication such as email or social media.
  2. Members of teams that are inducted will be invited to attend the induction ceremony as well.
  3. The induction ceremony shall take place during Homecoming Weekend.
  4. The nature and logistics of the induction ceremony shall be determined by the Selection Committee.
  5.  The award presented to each inductee shall be determined by the Selection Committee.
  6. The Selection Committee shall also determine how the Hall of Fame will be permanently honored at Walther.

VII. Voting Procedures

  • To have an official meeting of the Selection Committee, at least 5 of the 8 members must be present to create a quorum.
  • The Selection Committee shall review all candidates based on information available at the time of the meeting.
  • After reviewing all of the supporting material for a candidate, the Selection Committee shall vote whether or not to include that candidate in the current year’s Hall of Fame Class. An affirmative vote of at least 75% voting members is needed for inclusion in the Hall of Fame.
  • Every effort should be made to induct deserving candidates who are more senior in age before more recent graduates, while attempting to represent a good cross-section of graduation year/age, sport, male/female in a given induction class.
  • The voting procedure and details will be kept confidential.
  • Hall of Fame selections will be announced after the individual/teams have been notified of their selection into the Hall of Fame.

VIII. Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

  • A Walther Christian Academy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will occur during Homecoming Weekend.
  • The Director of Advancement/Alumni Relations will oversee the planning of the ceremony. All Selected Committee members and Alumni Representatives are welcome to serve on the planning committee.
  • Each inductee is strongly encouraged to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony in person. If the inductee is deceased, a representative may attend the ceremony.
  • Inductees will be introduced to the students and staff during a special ceremony at homecoming or other significant school celebration.
  • New members will be presented with a Hall of Fame memento and their name will be listed on the Hall of Fame wall/display, which is permanently displayed at Walther Christian Academy.

 

IX. Bylaw Modifications.

  • The Committee reserves the right to amend the Bylaws, if needed.
  • A quorum of at least 5 members and an affirmative vote of at least 75% of all voting members is required to amend the bylaws.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Walther Christian Academy is operated for the purpose of providing Christian Education at the secondary level for the families of Lutheran congregations. However, it admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, and religion to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin and religion in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.