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Las Vegas Bowl Part of Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Las Vegas, NV - December 19, 2015 - Sam Boyd Stadium: The 2015 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame executive committee announced that the Las Vegas Bowl will join four individuals in being inducted as the Class of 2017. This diverse class also includes Overton Curtis, Butch Harmon, Floyd Mayweather and Sam Schmidt, which means the Hall of Fame now consists of 98 members.

“The class of 2017 is accomplished in so many different ways,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Dan Dolby. “We have an outstanding group of athletes who have contributed both in the competitive arena and in the community, as well as one of most iconic and longest-lasting sporting events in our city. This class again represents the best attributes of our community, and we are thrilled to bestow upon them the state’s highest sports honor in welcoming them to the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame.”

The Las Vegas Bowl has become one of the city’s most iconic and enduring sporting events. Organized by community leaders out of a need to fill hotel rooms during a traditionally slow period, the Las Vegas Bowl first kicked off in December of 1992. As the annual showcase has grown in stature, many pundits nationally consider the Las Vegas Bowl as the kickoff to the annual bowl season. Currently, the game pits teams from the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences, with eight of the last twelve featuring sold-out crowds at Sam Boyd Stadium. Of the 39 current bowl games, the Las Vegas Bowl is now the 16th-oldest game overall and ranks No. 13 in age on a list of current bowls that have remained in one city during their entire history.

The five inductees will be honored Friday, June 2 at the Orleans Arena.

The Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization committed to recognizing the outstanding achievements by Southern Nevada athletes, both in the world of sports and the local community.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to organizations committed to the support and enhancement of Southern Nevada youth through active participation in programs designed to promote leadership, values and character through sports.


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