Valley Athletic Booster Club Hall of Fame

Located at Scottsdale Stadium in Old Town Scottsdale, and open to the public, the VABC maintains the Scottsdale Sports Hall of Fame. These wall displays feature a historical look at Scottsdale athletes, coaches and luminaries.

For a complete list of Scottsdale Sports Hall of Fame Inductees, please click HERE.

For more information, contact the VABC at:

valleybooster@gmail.com
(480) 442-7690

P.O. Box 12703
Scottsdale, AZ 85267

Three Local Sports Luminaries Headline VABC Scottsdale Sports Hall of Fame Inductions.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – January 25th, 2017 – Three notable Scottsdale residents have been named as the 2017 induction class of the Scottsdale Sports Hall of Fame (SSHOF). They include John Avianantos, Art Becker and Jeff Berman.

Avianantos spent 50 years as a faculty member in the Maricopa County Community College District, and served as Scottsdale CC’s Head Football Coach (1974-84), Athletic Director (1977-84), and Director of SCC’s Airpark Campus. An All-America honorable mention basketball star for Arizona State in 1964, Becker led his team to a 26-3 record and an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight. While attending Scottsdale High, Berman began working with the Boys Clubs of Scottsdale, starting a career of more than 50 years with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

The Scottsdale Sports Hall of Fame is curated by the Valley Athletic Booster Club (VABC) and has been housed in the Scottsdale Municipal Stadium in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ since 1991.

The SSHOF 2017 induction luncheon ceremony is set for Friday, March 3rd, at 12 noon at the McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 E. McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale AZ, 85258. Member donation is $40 and $45 for non-members and includes lunch.

“Candidates for induction may be any former or present coaches, players, sports figures or any person that the VABC considers eligible in view of the candidate’s outstanding contribution to the sports history of Scottsdale, Arizona” stated VABC President, Roger Blank. “This year’s class of inductees exemplifies excellence to both Scottsdale sports history and the lives of young people in our community. We’re thrilled to have these three inductees with over 150 years of combined service, join the other 33 honorees in the Scottsdale Sport Hall of Fame. We encourage the community, former players, friends and colleagues to join us in recognizing these fine individuals during our SSHOF induction luncheon ceremony on March 3rd, 2017”, concluded President Blank.

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John Avianantos spent 50 years as a faculty member in the Maricopa County Community College District, and served as Scottsdale CC’s Head Football Coach (1974-84), Athletic Director (1977-84), and Director of SCC’s Airpark Campus. Elected to SCC’s Hall of Fame in 2011, he was the school’s winningest football coach, and his teams won conference titles four of his final six years. He never had a losing season as a coach and never played on a losing team in 35 years of football. He was named Arizona JC Coach of the Year four times. He has worked with more than 3,000 inner-city youth and became one of the nation’s top motivational speakers, presenting more than 2,700 programs, including those to Fortune 500 companies, 7 Rose Bowl teams, 3 NCAA football champions, and 5 Fiesta Bowl teams.

An All-America honorable mention basketball star for Arizona State in 1964, Art Becker led his team to a 26-3 record and an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight. The 6-7 forward is a member of The Sun Devil Hall of Fame and the Pac-12 Hall of Honor. He played six seasons for five teams in the American Basketball Association, averaging 12.5 points per game, appeared in two ABA star games, and played on the Indiana Pacers’ 1970 ABA championship team. He coached Scottsdale Community College’s men’s basketball teams from 1974-81, then again in 1993-96, and coached the SCC men’s tennis team 1981-83. He was SCC Athletic Director for nearly 30 years and served as President of the NJCAA from 2005 to 2011.

A graduate of Scottsdale High, Jeff Berman was a member of Scottsdale Community College’s first basketball team. While in high school he began working with the Boys Clubs of Scottsdale, starting a career of more than 50 years with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. He served in numerous roles, including President of the Boys Club Professional Association. In coaching and impacting thousands of Scottsdale’s youth, he won 34 state basketball championships in various age groups, more than 20 city titles in basketball and track, and the 1992 state title in track and field. He also coached Phoenix Country Day School to the 1987 Boys Soccer State Championship.

For SSHOF sponsorship information, please contact: valleyathleticboosterclub@gmail.com

To download the Registration Form to attend the SSHOF Induction Ceremony, Please Click HERE.