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Athletic department honors Beacons history with new displays

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The Wall of Champions

University of Massachusetts Boston Athletics unveiled its new Wall of Champions on Oct. 10, 2013 during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The wall includes photographs of championship winning teams at UMass Boston, including the women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams that took home the NCAA Team Championship on four different occasions. Sports Information Director David Walberg says of the wall, “the premise is to honor the past and make athletes who come to the campus be excited for the future.”
According to Walberg, the push for the creation of the Wall of Champions came from Senior Associate Athletic Director Terry Condon and Vice Chancellor Charlie Titus. He explained, “[Titus and Condon] felt that the lobby needed an update in a big way, and there’s no better way to do that than to showcase the teams that have won here and the teams that will continue to win here.”
Along with the unveiling of the Wall of Champions, the new Interactive Hall of Fame debuted at the induction ceremony. “It is another way to honor the past,” said Walberg, “and it shows that the success that the University has had is continuing to grow.” He also noted that the new Hall of Fame display was funded by donations from Hall of Famers from UMass Boston and Boston State College and allowed for the old Hall of Fame wall to be converted into the Wall of Champions.
“The level that these athletes compete at is bar none, their commitment is unmeasured and they strive to be the best that they can be,” Walberg said. “The athletes and students now are setting the foundation for a new generation of students to come in and know they will be able to join a variety of different clubs, teams, and groups on campus.”
Both the Wall of Champions and Interactive Hall of Fame, as well as a wall dedicated to All Americans and murals depicting great athletes from UMass Boston’s past and present, are now open and are located in the lobby of the Clark Athletic Center.