FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Tuesday, June 16, 2009)
WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY TO INDUCT THIRD CLASS INTO ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
• Emilio Daddario excelled in football and baseball at Wesleyan in the 1930s and went on to a storied political career which included serving as Mayor of Middletown (Conn.) and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
• Winthrop “Wink” Davenport was an tremendous basketball talent for the University and still holds single-game and career scoring average school records. He went on to prominence in volleyball as an Olympic player, coach and official. He is the father of women’s tennis professional Lindsay Davenport.
• Sally Zimmer Knight was one of the early pioneers of women’s running at Wesleyan in the late 1970s, setting numerous school track records including the 880-yard and mile while also competing in cross country. She produced a sub-three-hour effort in the marathon during her undergraduate days and eventually qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials in the event. She is a long-time running coach and teacher at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn.
• Kofi Appenteng was a standout defender for the Wesleyan men’s soccer team, earning both all-New England and All-America honors. He also was a stalwart for the track team, excelling in the quarter-mile. A prominent attorney, he is a co-founder of the West Africa Fund and a member of the board of directors of numerous organizations. A Wesleyan trustee emeritus, Kofi is a recipient of Wesleyan’s Baldwin Medal for outstanding service to the college and the public at large.
• The Wesleyan Baseball Team of 1994 is currently the only Wesleyan squad to play in an NCAA Division III national championship game. Posting a 30-8 overall record, the team won the NCAA Division III New England regional tournament to earn a spot in the Division III World Series in Battle Creek, Mich. There the team went 3-2, losing twice to three-time defending national champion Wisconsin-Oshkosh.