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University to honor 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees

2013 UNG Hall of Fame Honorees
Anne Smith, Jim Otte, Kara Winkler, and William Gieler will be inducted on Feb. 23

The University of North Georgia will induct four new members into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Feb. 23.

The honorees are the late James Otte Sr., former baseball coach; former baseball player William Gieler; former women's basketball player Anne (Smith) Hyams; and former women’s basketball and softball player Kara (Winkler) Leonard.

"This class represents some of the finest athletes in North Georgia's history," Director of Athletics Lindsay Reeves said. "These individuals have all made significant contributions to the athletics department, the university, and their communities, and we are pleased to recognize them with this prestigious honor."

The Athletics Hall of Fame honors individuals who have earned outstanding athletic achievement or made substantial contributions to the university. A nine-member board of directors is responsible for the operations of the Athletics Hall of Fame and serves as selectors for all honorees, based upon nominations.

In the Hall of Fame class in 2012, the university inducted former men's basketball player Willie Thomas, former women's basketball players Sue Haynes Malone and Morey LeFeve, former baseball player Leon Ricketson, and former basketball and baseball player Dewayne Patrick.

The 2013 induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, at 11:30 a.m., in the university dining hall’s banquet room on the Dahlonega campus. Tickets are available for $40 per person by visiting  The deadline to register is Feb. 8.

UNG competes in NCAA Division II as a member of the Peach belt Conference in 12 sports – men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, women's cross country, mixed rifle, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, baseball and softball.

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