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A New Class

New inductees exhibition opening at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches

A New Class

Louisiana State Museum

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.

Areality television star, an eight-time Mr. Olympia, and a Harlem Globetrotter are among the focal figures in a new exhibition set for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches. Each year, the museum displays memorabilia including game balls, uniforms, helmets, medals, and personal items from the sportspeople enshrined into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. The inductees are chosen by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association; the Class of 2020 will boost membership to 444 men and women. The exhibition opens as part of the three-day induction celebration held in Natchitoches from June 25 to 27 and will remain on display through May 2021.

This year’s new inductees include outdoorsman Phil Robertson, founder of the West Monroe–based company Duck Commander. Robertson grew his small business into an international corporation known for its duck calls. Along the way, he and his family became world famous, starring in the reality show Duck Dynasty for eleven seasons. Also included is bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman, who won the title of Mr. Olympia eight times between 1998 and 2005, and former Harlem Globetrotter, Sweet Lou Dunbar, who was a prep star at Minden’s Webster High School, where he earned the title “Mr. Basketball.”

Two football legends enter the hall of fame this year: former LSU coach Nick Saban and NFL star Charles “Peanut” Tillman. Nick Saban, who led the Tigers to the 2003 national championship, currently coaches at the University of Alabama, where he has produced five more national titles. After starting as cornerback at UL Lafayette for four seasons, Peanut Tillman was the thirty-fifth overall selection in the 2003 NFL draft and became a three-time Pro Bowl star and the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2013.

Basketball stars Angela Turner and Kerry Kittles round out this year’s inductees. Angela Turner was a star guard for the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters in four Final Fours, four national title game appearances, and two national titles. Before he spent eight years in the NBA, where he averaged fourteen points per game, Kerry Kittles was a high-scoring guard at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans and a two-time All-America guard at Villanova.

Induction information, including participation opportunities, is available at www.lasportshall.com. Please check the museum website or call (318) 238-4255 for possible changes related to the COVID-19 outbreak.