PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY)- The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame is connected to the greatest athletes to ever play professional sports, and now you can be too. “You’ve got to have a contact to get to this stuff and the good thing about us, the great majority of these items have been donated by inductees and board members who have been able to pull all this together,” said Virginia Sports Hall of Fame President Eddie Webb.
Some 75 signed jerseys, helmets and balls will be auctioned off Friday night as part of the Hall of Fame V.I.P. reception.
From Cal Ripken Jr., Alonzo Mourning to Adams Jones, the list of signed memorabilia is extensive and quite impressive. “If you’re a basketball fan, how could you not be interested in a signed Michael Jordan jersey. How about the courtship of rivals. We have two signed and framed jerseys from Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. And for the golfer, we have a unique print of all the Ryder Cup captains. It is signed and donated by one of our members, Lanny Watkins,” added Webb.
Along with the signed items, ticket packages will be auctioned off including Derek Jeter’s last game at Fenway Park, Final Four basketball tickets and even a recording session with Bruce Hornsby.
Money raised from this auction will go directly to children’s education programs at the Hall of Fame. “We bring in some 15 to 20,000 school kids a year to take part in our SOL Program so this night is a very important fund-raiser for us,” said Webb.
There are a limited amount of tickets to Friday nights VIP reception still available. You can get them at vshfm.com