Aly Raisman’s star keeps on rising: She’ll be inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in New York this April.
“She did so outstanding at these Olympics, the [Hall of Fame] Committee was unanimous in their decision to induct her now,” said Alan Freedman, the Hall of Fame Director, in an email. “Aly was our 2011 Pearl D. Mazor Outstanding Jewish Female High School Scholar Athlete of the Year Award recipient (given to the top female scholar-athlete in the country), so we have been familiar with her for a while.”The Hall of Fame was conceived as a way to honor Jewish athletes, and to show their success at high levels. It is run as a program of the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack, N. Y. The museum has grown, said Freedman, from a small area in the Y to a 5,000 square foot area.
Raisman will get her own “locker” in the Hall, he said, with memorabilia, awards and photos.
Since it began in 1993, the Hall of Fame has inducted 143 men and women, Freedman said.
The ceremony will be held on April 21, 2013. It will be free to children and seniors, and $10 for everyone else. Raisman will join a group of seven other athletes, all of whom will be introduced with a video biography.
In other Aly-mania news, Blue on Highland in Needham has offered Raisman a lifetime supply of her favorite dishes, according to the restaurant’s Facebook Page.
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