BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- More than 700 people crowd the grand ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo, for the annual induction dinner of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. A class of 13 honorees joins the more than 200 local sports legends who have made it in to the hall of fame.
Former Buffalo Bill Steve Christe and Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff are in this year's class. "I'm humbled by it....to be in the likes with this with former teammates and Bills and the rest of these people...it's just a tremendous honor." Ruff declared.
Veteran Buffalo Bandits Lacrosse team members, and brothers, Darris and Rich Kilgour join the hall of fame this year. Darris Kilgour explained, "It's something that you dream about...but you never really imagine it happening. You can think about it. It is just surreal right now. It's a tremendous honor."
His brother reflected on the idea of entering the hall of fame together, "Most people work hard their whole life to get to a point like this. You have to realize that a lot of people have siblings, but I get to go in with my sibling. We had a lot of fun growing up...played a ton of lacrosse together in the last 25, 30 years. We never thought it could end like this. I mean what an ending. I can't be any proud to come on here with him."
Sports Hall of Fame president Brian Cavanaugh says that a lot of hard work went into chosing this year's members, "The 13 members that are going in tonight's class are all icons at their sport...at their institution...at their college...for their organization. These are the best of the best."
Not all of the inductees were involved in professional sports. They worked with athletes of all ages as mentors and coaches. Charlie Dingboom played football for the UB Bulls in the 1940's. He went on to coach football at the high school and college level for almost six decades. "I've never been in a hall of fame. It's something that very few people get it and I'm very honored to be chosen."
The profits from the dinner go to the Amateur Sports Development Fund...a local group that helps to fund sports programs throughout western New York.