University unveils P. Douglas O'Keefe Xavier Athletic Hall of Fame
Hall of fame offers displays of historic memorabilia and reflections on inductees
11/14/05Xavier University’s Athletic Hall of Fame was chartered in 1980. And in all that time, there has never been a central location to display all the trophies, artifacts, accomplishments and memories of Xavier’s rich athletic history. That is until now.
The University unveiled the new P. Douglas O’Keefe Xavier Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 18, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Dozens of former Xavier athletes attended the opening ceremony.
The Athletic Hall of Fame is located on the Cintas Center’s west concourse overlooking the student dining area. It is designed to honor former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and alumni who participated in an outstanding way in intercollegiate or world-class competition.
The hall includes display cases with dozens of items including trophies, game balls, jerseys, photographs and more. There are even a few old Xavier seats from Cincinnati Gardens. The display will be continuously updated.
The hall has become a reality thanks to the efforts and generosity of 1959 graduate P. Douglas O’Keefe who told Xavier magazine that he had no idea there was no athletic hall of fame.
“These are the folks who have given their efforts in their years at Xavier without the thought of being famous,” O’Keefe said in the article. “They worked as hard at their sport or job as any of our more known alumni. This is our opportunity to recognize them for all to see and learn about.”
There are 90 members of Xavier’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Three more—golfer Steve Dixon, basketball player Joe Geiger and volleyball star Beth Osterday-Strange—are being inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 18, at 8:15 p.m. as part of the opening ceremonies.
Each member in attendance was honored during halftime of the Xavier vs. Eastern Illinois men’s basketball game. The members were introduced at mid-court and presented with a personalized navy blue sweater.
For more information on the Athletic Hall of Fame, please log on to www.goxavier.com.