Three notable Scottsdale residents have been named as the 2017 induction class of the Scottsdale Sports Hall of Fame (SSHOF). They include John Avianantos, Art Becker and Jeff Berman.
Avianantos spent 50 years as a faculty member in the Maricopa County Community College District, and served as Scottsdale CC’s Head Football Coach (1974-84), Athletic Director (1977-84), and Director of SCC’s Airpark Campus. An All-America honorable mention basketball star for Arizona State in 1964, Becker led his team to a 26-3 record and an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight. While attending Scottsdale High, Berman began working with the Boys Clubs of Scottsdale, starting a career of more than 50 years with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.
The Scottsdale Sports Hall of Fame is curated by the Valley Athletic Booster Club (VABC) and has been housed in the Scottsdale Municipal Stadium in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ since 1991.
The SSHOF 2017 induction luncheon ceremony is set for Friday, March 3rd, at 12 noon at the McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 E. McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale AZ, 85258. Member donation is $40 and $45 for non-members and includes lunch.