Brad Parks named a finalist for U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame Class of 2022
Brad Parks, the founder of wheelchair tennis, is among six legends of Olympic and Paralympic sport who are up for inclusion in this year's U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame class.
The Class of 2022 will be announced on Wednesday, June 1, and inducted on Friday, June 24, during a ceremony at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo. It will be the first class inducted since 2019.
In addition to Parks, Billie Jean King is also up for induction as a special contributor. The pair looks to join the late Randy Snow as representatives from tennis who’ve been enshrined. In total, the finalists for this year's class include 15 Olympians, nine Paralympians, three Olympic teams, two Paralympic teams, six legends, three coaches and three special contributors.
In unveiling the nominees earlier this week, USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland said: “Each finalist has had a profound impact on Team USA, and on the greater Olympic and Paralympic movements. We are proud to honor their work in living out the Olympic and Paralympic ideals, and we look forward to celebrating the Class of 2022.”
For his efforts, Parks was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010, and received the Philippe Chatrier Award from the ITF—the organization’s highest honor—in 2016, given to individuals or organizations considered to have made outstanding contributions to tennis globally, both on and off the court. Both the USTA and ITF commission the Brad Parks Award annually, which recognizes others who have a game-changing impact on wheelchair tennis.
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“The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame is an important guardian of the rich history of Team USA,” said USOPC Board Chair Susanne Lyons. “My sincere gratitude goes to all the finalists for representing the United States with amazing skill and pride, for working in support of the Olympic and Paralympic values, and using sport to drive positive change in their communities and around the world.”
The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to celebrate the achievements of U.S. athletes in the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games. Its first class was inducted in 1983 and included Muhammad Ali, Bob Beamon, Peggy Fleming, Al Oerter, Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Mark Spitz, Jim Thorpe and the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" men’s hockey team.