Nov. 11, 2005
The San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum on Nov. 9 announced the Breitbard Hall of Fame Class of 2006. UCLA track & field great Gail Devers (Sweetwater HS); former Denver Bronco running back Terrell Davis (Lincoln HS/Georgia), one of only nine NFL players to earn both an NFL and Super Bowl MVP trophy; former San Diego Charger defensive lineman Louie Kelcher, a three-time Pro Bowler (1981-79-78) and Volney Peters (Hoover HS '47), one of the first great linemen from a San Diego high school to go on and earn national acclaim in college and the NFL, are the four inductees, with Peters selected by the Veterans Committee.
The foursome will be inducted at the 60th annual Salute to Champions sponsored by the Breitbard Endowment and Viejas Enterprises on Feb. 28, 2006 at the Town and Country Resort.
The Salute dinner annually inducts a Hall-of-Fame class and honors San Diego's Stars of the Year, Stars of the Month, Disabled Athlete of the Year and Community Champion. The Stars of the Month for 2005 represent professional, amateur and high school sports. The Stars of the Month that have been selected through October can be found on the Hall of Champions' Website at sdhoc.com under the toolbar for awards. The Stars of the Year will be named later.
The Salute to Champions dinner is the Hall of Champions' premier event. Tickets for this year's dinner are $250 each or $2,500 for a table of 10.For reservations, contact Mary Woodall at the Hall of Champions at 619-234-2321.
Track and field, Olympics, UCLA and Sweetwater High
The two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 100 meters is one of the most successful women sprinters/hurdlers in track and field history. The Sweetwater High graduate won gold medals in the 100 at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. She is a five-time Olympian who also won a gold medal on the 1,600-meter relay in 1996.
In the 100 hurdles, she has held the American record since 1988, first breaking the mark as a UCLA senior. She continued to lower the record to her still-standing mark of 12.33 seconds set in 2000. At the World Championships, she has won three world titles in the 100 hurdles and one in the 100 meters.
At UCLA, her 12.61 100m hurdle mark is still a collegiate record. In school history, she is No. 1 in the 100m (10.97), No. 3 in the 200m (22.71), No. 1 in the 100m hurdles (12.61), No. 2 in the long jump (22-2.50) and No. 4 in the triple jump (43-8). In 1988, she was the national champion in the 100m and on the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay.
As a high school athlete, Devers at one time held CIF San Diego Section records in six of 13 girls individual events. Her CIF records in the 100 (11.51) and long jump (20-7) have stood since 1984. Devers competed in high school in the first decade after Title IX federal legislation was enacted to require colleges and high schools to offer girls equal opportunities in sports. She is the first African-American woman named to the Breitbard Hall-of-Fame.