WASHINGTON - The largest induction class in many years was celebrated by the largest crowd in many years on Saturday night, as four standouts were added to the Stafford H. "Pop" Cassell Hall of Fame at American University.
Andre Ingram, Camila Infante, Denise Infante and Barry Goldberg were inducted to the Hall of Fame, which now numbers 85 athletic standouts at AU.
The ceremony and dinner, which marked the 50th anniversary of the Hall of Fame, took place before nearly 190 guests in the Claudio Grossman Hall at the Washington College of Law.
As part of the ceremony, current AU President Sylvia Burwell addressed the guests about where athletics fits into the newest campus-wide strategic plan.
"At the center of our strategy is the idea that we must find new ways to empower and support our AU community, while we advance scholarship and teaching," Burwell said.
"There's one place on campus where all of those come together every day – where we can find the model of excellence in teaching, learning and building a community… and that's AU Athletics.
"Our athletics program binds our campus together. Our coaches, administrators and student-athletes get us out to Bender on cold winter Saturdays, or warm spring Sundays out on Jacobs Field."
Ingram was presented by his brother, Lou, with other members of his family in attendance. Andre Ingram could not attend the ceremony in person due to his NBA G-League schedule, but sent his acceptance speech via video.
Camila Infante was introduced by former teammate Erin Eastham. Infante discussed the difficulty she and her sister, Denise, had with their early transition to coming to the United States from their native Chile. But they both spoke of the new family atmosphere they found as part of the Eagles' field hockey program.
Denise Infante was introduced by AU field hockey head coach Steve Jennings.
AU President Emeritus Dr. Neil Kerwin outlined numerous accomplishments athletically and academically by Goldberg, who just finished his 30th season as head volleyball coach at AU.
Director of athletics and recreation Dr. Billy Walker served as master of ceremonies.
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