Nearly a year after she threw the ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Park while Bryce Harper held her five medals from the Rio Olympics, Katie Ledecky will be among those honored as the newest members of the Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Fame before a Nationals game July 9.
Ledecky, a 20-year-old from Bethesda, is a freshman at Stanford, where she helped the Cardinal’s women’s swimming and diving team win its first NCAA title in 19 years. She is the youngest inductee in a nine-member induction class that also includes former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Maryland men’s basketball legends Juan Dixon and Tom McMillen, Maryland women’s basketball Coach Brenda Frese, retired D.C. broadcaster Glenn Harris, former Post columnist Tony Kornheiser, former Redskins defensive back Mike Nelms and former Capitals play-by-play announcer Ron Weber.
“This year’s inductees have clearly earned their places in joining the list of luminaries who have represented the Nation’s Capital region so admirably through their excellence and accomplishments in sports,” D.C. Sports Hall of Fame committee chairman Bobby Goldwater said in a release.
The inductees for the Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Fame, whose names are listed on a banner at Nationals Park, are selected by a 13-person committee including Goldwater, Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner, longtime local PR man Charlie Brotman, former Post sports editor George Solomon, Comcast SportsNet anchor Chick Hernandez and other longtime local sports figures. Last year’s inductees included D.C. United star Marco Etcheverry, Patrick Ewing, Frank Herzog and Christine Brennan.
Ledecky, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, will become the second Olympic champion swimmer honored, joining D.C. native Melissa Belote, who won three gold medals at the 1972 Munich Games.