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Hesburgh Inducted Into Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame

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Notre Dame president emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., recently was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.

The Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame recognizes and pays tribute to Central New Yorkers who have made significant contributions to the world of sports.

Hesburgh, now 94 years old, was considered one of the most influential figures in higher education in the 20th century.

Born in Syracuse in 1917, he served as president of Notre Dame for 35 years. During his tenure he oversaw the evolution of the school's athletic program, adding 12 new sports.

In 1960, Hesburgh approved construction of the Athletic and Convocation Center, now known as the Joyce Center. Hesburgh was named founding co-chair of the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics in 1989, a position he held until 2000. In addition to his long-term support and involvement in athletics, Hesburgh has been a champion of public service, having advised presidents and popes.

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