ESPN has announced Thursday, May 29 as the date for the 2013 Fan Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.Hosted by SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm, the second annual event will take place on ESPN’s Main Campus Green in Bristol, Conn., at 11:15 a.m. CT.The ceremony will honor three new inductees: Barbara Rust, "The Sign Lady;" Canaan Sandy and Pierce Wallace, "The Georgia Joker."
The inductees will join Captain Dee-Fense, The Green Men, and Emily Pitek — the inaugural members of the Fan Hall of Fame, an ongoing institution that celebrates fandom. Rust, Sandy and Wallace will be honored with their names engraved above three stadium chairs on the lawn of ESPN’s campus during the event. Aaron Taylor, ESPN’s senior vice president of marketing, will pay tribute to this year’s class for their dedication and contribution to the program.
The ceremony will also pay homage to the Hall’s first-ever honorary inductee, Elizabeth Dooley, a devoted Boston Red Sox fan, who attended over 4,000 consecutive home games over 55 seasons from her front-row box seat. Dooley, who passed away in June of 2000, will be represented by her granddaughter Cheryl Boyd.
After being selected as finalists by a diverse judging panel, each inductee received more than 85,000 votes on the Fan Hall of Fame website. As the top three of vote-getters of 10 finalists, they officially received bids to the Hall in December of 2013.
The inductees include:
Canaan Sandy has been an Arkansas Razorbacks fan since he was two months old, when he first attended a game. Entered in the competition by his mother Ginger, Canaan refers to himself as the "most dedicated fan the Hogs ever had." He has the Razorbacks’ schedule memorized, travels four hours each way to see them play and has taught his entire church to "call the Hogs" – a traditional Razorbacks cheer.
Barbara Rust, famously known as "The Sign Lady" in the Sacramento community, has been a faithful supporter at Kings home games since the team moved to Sacramento in 1985. Even while battling breast cancer, Rust has supported the team vigorously, and is described by fellow Kings’ fans as the "heart of our fan base."
Pierce Wallace, "The Georgia Joker" is a lifelong Georgia Bulldogs fan, who touts his recognizable bright green wig and painted face at every single Bulldogs football game – both home and away. Wallace is currently a rising sophomore at University of Georgia, and can be found among members of Spike Squad, a group of intense UGA fans, in section 109 at football home games.