After a long lay-off due primarily to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Staten Island Athletics program is reinstating its Hall of Fame ceremony, and will announce the Class of 2022 inductees March 1-3 via their social media channels. The biennial event at the College is slated for Thursday, November 3, 2022, at the Nicotra Ballroom on Staten Island.
“We are extremely proud and excited to announce the 2022 Hall of Fame class,” said Interim Director of Athletics T.J. Tibbs. “The Hall of Fame committee did a tremendous job selecting a class of former Dolphins who we can’t wait to honor in November.”
Slated for release in March, 2020, with a ceremony to follow that November, the Hall of Fame committee ceased operations when the COVID-19 pandemic shut operations down, and with it, all in-person activities.
“We’re very proud to bring back the Hall of Fame ceremony to honor a class that we had hoped to induct in 2020, prior to being hit by the pandemic,” said David Pizzuto, Interim Director of Communications and Marketing who has served as the Athletics Hall of Fame Committee Chair since 2010. “Having a chance to finally unveil the names of these tremendous individuals and then honoring them later this year is going to be a very gratifying feeling.”
According to Pizzuto, the committee was finalizing its choices for induction, and only just resumed activities in September, 2021, under Interim Director of Athletics, T.J. Tibbs. The committee has since selected its finalists, and will release the names in a series of social media posts from March 1-3.
The Class of 2022 induction ceremony will be the fifth in the College’s history. The CSI Athletics Hall of Fame was created in 2010 and inducted its first class in 2012, following with classes in 2014, 2016, and 2018, before 2020 was derailed. A total of 28 individuals are current members of the Hall of Fame, which recognizes student-athletes, coaches, and administrators, from both Staten Island Community College, which housed the Athletics program from 1956-1976, and the College of Staten Island, which started its Athletics program in NCAA Division III in 1977. The College moved to NCAA Division II in 2019.
“Given the unique history of our athletic program, it is truly an incredible achievement to be honored forever in the Hall of Fame,” noted Tibbs. “To be recognized as a standout not only during your career, but also when measured up against all our illustrious history must be an incredibly proud feeling for our honorees and their families. Hall of Famers are the easiest standard to point to when referencing elite athletic achievement and impact in our program. Our honorees have left a legacy and will be forever remembered within our program.”
Registration info for the Class of 2022 Hall of Fame will be posted in the week’s ahead on the College’s Hall of Fame Webpage.