Six Former Greats Inducted to Downes Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming

Six Former Greats Inducted to Downes Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming
Western New England Downes Athletic Hall of Fame / 2013 Announcement /

Inductee Spotlights: Donna Blackburn / David Hendrickson / Booker Lester / Jamie Platt / Jason Connelly / Allison Jameson

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--The 2013 edition of Homecoming Weekend at Western New England University commenced with the 15th induction class of the Downes Athletic Hall of Fame Friday evening in a dinner ceremony at Rivers Memorial Hall.

The six former Golden Bear standouts representing eight sports include Donna Blackburn '86 (basketball), David Hendrickson '88 (soccer), Booker Lester '90 (football/wrestling), Jamie Carney '03 (basketball/cross country/lacrosse), Jason Connelly '06 (baseball) and Allison Jameson '07 (field hockey).

The sextet brings to 76 the number of individuals honored in the Western New England Downes Athletic Hall of Fame, which was established in 1999 to pay tribute to the outstanding performances of student-athletes, contributors, coaches, administrators and teams that have shaped the rich history of WNE Athletics today and to preserve that legacy tomorrow. There have also been four teams--1975 Men's Soccer, 1998 Women's Soccer, 2003 Softball and 2005 Men's Soccer--for inclusion.

A photo gallery will soon be published on WNEGoldenBears.com.