The 2019 Hall of Honor Banquet and Awards Ceremony was nothing short of a booming success. There were seven former Lobos that were inducted into the Hall of Honor, each of which has represented the UNM Cherry and Silver to the highest degree. Among the inductee class was former football players Clem Charlton and Jim Ottmann, former track-and-field standout Simon Arkell, former women’s basketball star Amy Beggin, former women’s golfer Ryley Hendry, fromer track-and-field standout Joe Powdrell, and former men’s soccer all-star Brandon Moss.’
The annual Hall of Honor presents the opportunity for the UNM community to recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of former student-athletes who not only represented Lobo athletics admirably, but also went on to contribute to the community post-graduation.
The night was filled with Lobo pride as the inductees took the stage one-by-one to present heartfelt speeches recalling their memories as student-athletes. Arkell brought the room to laughter as he spoke, recalling his memories with his former teammates, while Charlton spoke of his past experiences being a water boy for the Lobo Football team. While each honoree presented their unique stories and experiences that led them to where they are today, the overarching theme of the night was all the same: these inductees are proud to be Lobos.
The room was filled with an amazing crowd of people, all showing up to show their support for the UNM community. Filling the room to support the honorees were two dozen past inductees, former teammates and coaches, current Lobo athletic staff and, of course, proud family and friends. The night was full of emotion and joy and it reminded everyone in attendance just how special it is to be part of the history of The University of New Mexico.
As the tradition continues, UNM athletics is already preparing for next year’s Hall of Honor Ceremony. As always, UNM is turning to the input of the community for nominations for the 2020 inductee class. If you or someone you know has a former student-athlete in mind that you believe has represented the UNM community well, we encourage you to nominate them here.