The Yeshiva University Department of Athletics recently held its inaugural Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony in the Weissberg Commons on the Wilf campus. The first class of Hall of Famers were inducted in front of 125 people; that audience included YU student-athletes, coaches, staff, families, alumni, and friends. Herbert Schlussel of Fort Lee, class of 1957, who played basketball, was among the 11 inductees.
“It was an honor for all of us here to have the opportunity to pay homage to these legends,” Yeshiva University’s assistant director for athletic recruiting and alumni relations, Josh Pransky, said. “For us, this was a passion project to make sure these people were marked for posterity. To see how much this meant for the families of the honorees drove home the importance.” Joe Bednarsh, YU’s director of athletics ,was the master of ceremonies. The 11 inductees received a plaque and Yeshiva University Athletics’ Hall of Fame jacket. Those unable to attend the ceremony were represented by family members, teammates, and friends. After the ceremony, the group walked to the Max Stern Athletic Center to see the newly installed Yeshiva University Athletics’ Hall of Fame wall.
A second annual Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner will be held in the spring of 2019.