Pascagoula Athletic Foundation Honors Past Athletes
It’s not hard to spot the famous faces that are draped on the walls of the Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center in Pascagoula. Wednesday, 20 of those athletes have been given one more accolade to add to the list: being an inaugural member of the Pascagoula Sports Hall of Fame. Richard Lucas, member of the Pascagoula Athletic Foundation, says, "I think it’s a real diverse group. We did it by decade, so I think that helped and I think it’s a great first class."
The inaugural class dates back all the way to the 1930s and includes inductees from every era, including Dr. Kenneth Seay, who played football for Pascagoula in the 1940s. Dr. Seay says, "In 1943, I was a senior and co-captain of the high school football team such as it was in those days."
Pascagoula High athletes weren’t the only ones considered for the Hall of Fame. The Pascagoula Athletic Foundation made sure to include Carver High School, the traditional all black school in the city. Andrew Jackie Elly, President of the Carver High Alumni Association, says, "We have people like Calvin Huey, who was the first African American to play at the Naval Academy, caught passes from Roger Stalback, had Jim Marsalis, who brought the bump and run to the N.F.L.”
The foundation gave Carver High one more honor, not only naming Huey to the Hall of Fame, but also naming him as the speaker for the hall of fame banquet. Lucas closes, "It’s going to be a big thing for the City of Pascagoula to be able to honor these people and their families June 20th at the Hilton Inn Pascagoula, great keynote speaker. We think we will have a real powerful night to show Pascagoula sports history."
It’s sure to be a night in sports history that will secure the legacy of these great athletes. Tickets for the June 20th banquet will be available for $40 each. For more information on the event, you can visit the Pascagoula Athletic Foundation’s Facebook page.