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2008 Platform Tennis Hall Of Fame Inductees

3-19-2008
Platform Tennis HOF
Rochester, NY
According to Chairman Bob Brown, "Induction into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame is the highest award that can be earned in platform tennis.  It is presented to individuals who have earned distinction in the play of platform tennis and/or who have otherwise contributed to the growth, development and administration of the game."  On Saturday night in Rochester, NY, David Kjeldsen, Fritz Odenbach, Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager were scheduled to received this honor.  details




 

After opening remarks by Mr. Brown, Hall of Fame member Patty Hogan placed a "Viking cap" on the podium and stated, "It all began with the horns."  She followed with a warm recap of the relationship between David Kjeldsen and the sport of platform tennis.  David proudly donned the green jacket that is symbolic of this induction.  In his acceptance speech, David stressed the friendships and fun that the sport has brought to him, while being humble about his own contributions.

Fritz Odenbach
Frederick 'Fritz' Odenbach
David Kjeldsen
David Kjeldsen

Scott Mansager - Flip Goodspeed
Scott Mansager & Philip 'Flip' Goodspeed

Walt Peckingpaugh, a 2004 inductee, then introduced Fritz Odenbach, citing his contributions to the game as a volunteer and board member and player.
The induction of Fritz in Rochester was particularly appropriate, as he was serving as chairman of his fourth National Championships and has been a leader in the promotion of platform tennis in the Rochester area.  Fritz recounted his earliest memories of the sport and expressed his love for the sport, the friendships and the organization.

Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager, one of the winning-est duos in platform tennis history, were unavailable for their own induction ceremonies because they were locked in a quarterfinal battle that continued well into the party hours!  It was worth it, as they won not only that match but the next morning's semifinal as well.

Congratulations to these individuals on their election to the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame. The inductions of Goodspeed and Mansager will take place at a later date.

 


 
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