Seven new members of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame will be honored during pregame festivities prior to the Washington Nationals series finale against the San Diego Padres on Sunday, April 27 at Nationals Park. This year, the renowned sports club will enshrine the following inductees:
- Charles "Lefty" Driesell - Former Men's Basketball Head Coach, University of Maryland
- Johnny Holliday - Sports Broadcaster, Voice of Maryland football & basketball and Nats Xtra television host on MASN
- Olaf "Olie" Kolzig - Former Goalie, Washington Capitals
- George Solomon - Former Sports Editor, The Washington Post
- Theodore N. Lerner - Managing Principal Owner, Washington Nationals
- Michael Weiss - Olympic and Professional Figure Skater
- Chris Weller - Former Women's Head Basketball Coach, University of Maryland
These honorees were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the world of sports, thereby bringing honor and recognition to the Nation's Capital. They will join a select group of Washington-area standout athletes and sports personalities already in the Hall of Fame, including Sammy Baugh, James Brown, Dominique Dawes, Josh Gibson, Walter Johnson, Sonny Jurgensen, Morgan Wootten, Bob Wolff and many others.
Each new inductee will receive a Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame plaque commemorating their induction during the pregame ceremony, and their names will be added to the large Hall of Fame display at Nationals Park, located on the side of Garage B facing the field.
"As a native Washingtonian, and a huge sports fan, it is a thrill to induct this new class of honorees into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame," said Charlie Brotman, co-chair of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame and Founder/CEO of Brotman-Winter-Fried (a division of Sage Communications). "We now have more than 100 members in this exclusive club, all of whom have helped further the high standards of athletics in the Greater Washington community."
A Hall of Fame member himself, Brotman serves as co-chair of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame alongside Comcast SportsNet's Andy Ockershausen.