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ArmoryTrack.org – News – US ARMY TO SPONSOR OFFICIALS HALL OF FAME INVITATIONAL AT THE NIKE TRACK & FIELD CENTER AT THE ARMORY

ArmoryTrack.org - News - US ARMY TO SPONSOR OFFICIALS HALL OF FAME INVITATIONAL AT THE NIKE TRACK & FIELD CENTER AT THE ARMORY

 

US ARMY TO SPONSOR OFFICIALS HALL OF FAME INVITATIONAL AT THE NIKE TRACK & FIELD CENTER AT THE ARMORY

 

 

Four Long-Time USA Track & Field Officials To Be Honored During U.S. Army Officials Hall Of Fame Invitational. Also, Ian Brooks, Donna Dye, And John Nepolitan To Be Honored With Stan Saplin Media Award

 

New York, NY – The Armory announced today that the US Army has signed on as the official title sponsor of the Officials Hall of Fame Invitational on January 20th-21st 2023. The U.S. Army Officials Hall of Fame Invitational will take place at the Nike Track & Field Center at The Armory. Premier high school student-athletes from all over the northeast and mid-atlantic regions will be competing in one of The Armory’s signature events of the indoor season.

 

It is also serving as an opportunity to honor officials who tirelessly work to provide a great and memorable experience for athletes every year, with the inception of the Thomas E. Byrne Officials Hall of Fame. This year’s honorees are Thomas E. Byrne, (posthumously), Jannie Rosado, Andrea Williams, and Aubrey Taylor. All have officiated for decades at almost every level, including USATF, PSAL, CHSAA, NCAA, National, and international meets.

 

Thomas E. Byrne was born on June 11, 1897 in West Orange, New Jersey to a family of eight, Mr. Byrne was both a bank manager and a public accountant with an extended career stay at the MGM studios before going into private practice. But it was his love of athletics, especially Track & Field, that ignited his spirit to make a difference by supporting the sport. He recognized and was moved by the impact the team sport had on its young athletes. That impact inspired his leadership in helping to organize and officiate at track events which became his avocation and his passion. He was appointed as the New York Metropolitan AAU Handicapper in the 1950’s, a unique position that became the cornerstone of the sports’ “development” meets that he helped create and were held at The Armory. At that same time, Mr. Byrne was anointed as the National AAU Recorder of Records with responsibility to make official the record-breaking performances, both indoor and outdoor, of the many outstanding athletes of the day. He was also an active member of the Fordham University’s Spike Shoe Club where both his sons, Thomas Jr. and Gerry, graduated. They credit their father’s dedication to community service as the driver for their time spent as track…

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