The 2013 National Fitness Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony:
“Fitness Superstars Gather to Celebrate!”
April 21, 2013 – Glendale Heights, Illinois
Following a week of flooding rains, it was nice to see “Rays of Sunshine” provided by the fitness superstars who participated in the 2013 National Fitness Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Induction into The National Fitness Hall of Fame is the highest honor a fitness professional can receive and those present certainly embraced the moment.
The evening’s reception began with the mingling of family, friends and fans alike, all sharing warm greeting of congratulations and fun-filled stories as glamorous Red Carpet interviews were conducted by Addison’s own, Don Figarelli, the “Don of Sports.”
After dinner was served by the terrific staff at the Glendale Lakes Golf Club in Glendale Heights, Illinois, the ceremony commenced with Hall of Fame founder John Figarelli presenting the “Volunteer of the Year” award to Walt Sloan. For several years, Walt has provided various support for the Hall with great slideshow presentations and graphic design work. He was very polished and thanked his beautiful wife, Esther Gutiérrez Sloan (2010 HOF inductee) for her support and inspiration.
The Hall of Fame’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” was presented posthumously to the late, great Paul Bernstein, “Mr. Physical Fitness USA” (2009 HOF inductee) for his tireless dedication of sharing his fitness philosophy to the Nation for over 50 years. Bill Crawford (2012 HOF inductee) was very majestic in his introduction and Paul’s lovely wife Sandy accepted on behalf of Paul and children Robert, Eric and Heidi.
The individuals who comprise the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 are well known, not only in the fitness community, but among the general public as well. It was nice to hear them thanking those persons who helped make their long careers so successful. The HOF Class of 2013 includes Tom Campanaro, Brenda Dykgraaf, Clyde Emrich and Anibal Lopez.