The Sports Wall of Fame
The purpose of the Sports Wall of Fame is to bring together the past, present and future leaders in university and community sport by recognizing those that have led (inductees) and those that will lead in the future. It is through this sharing and passing of the torch that our university athletics program will continue to grow and develop outstanding contributors to our local, national and international community.
Each year a select group of individuals is added on to the University of Alberta Sports Wall of Fame in recognition of not only their contribution to the University of Alberta, but also their contribution to the provincial, national, and international sporting stage. Inductees are nominated and chosen by a selection committee made up of senior University and community leaders, Golden Bears and Pandas alumni, and members of the Green and Gold Athletic Society.
Initiated in 1983 as part of the University of Alberta’s 75th anniversary, six Sports Wall of Fame inductees were recognized at a luncheon at University House. From those humble beginnings with 20 people in attendance, the induction ceremony grew into the Sports Wall of Fame Dinner with over 900 people celebrating the accomplishments of the university’s sporting elite.
About Maury Van Vliet
Dr. Maury Van Vliet – a pioneer and pre-eminent Canadian Physical Educator, a widely heralded sport administrator, an excellent coach, a builder of Canadian and university sport and a friend to thousands of students who studied at the Unversity of Alberta.
Under his leadership, Physical Education was expanded to become a full department on campus with a degree curriculum. The department then became a School and finally a Faculty in 1964. In 1967, the Faculty became the first Physical Education school in the Commonwealth to offer a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
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