Maine Sports Hall of Fame Presents
Student Athlete Symposium
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame is presenting a webinar for high school athletes on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
Students are invited to sit in on panel discussions led by NESN’s Tom Caron and prominent sports figures. Students can register for the event using the WEBINAR link from the menu.
Each session will be about fifty minutes long.
9:00 A. M. Allison Feaster Celtics V. P. of Player Development and Personal Growth and Dajaun Eubanks Celtics V. P. and President of the Maine Red Claws will discuss social justice and sport.
10:00 A. M. Former Maine, Michigan State and Duke Coach Joanne McCallie will be joined by her former player, Maine Women’s Basketball Coach Amy Vachon to talk about how girls can become coaches.
11:00 A. M. Retired New York Jet and Kansas City Chief Mike DeVito will join NCAA Division III Player of the Year Maddie Hasson, now a professional basketball player in Ireland, to talk about the importance of the total student with emphasis on athletics, academics anti-bullying and community leadership.
“The symposium is designed to offer Maine high school sophomores a chance to hear from successful people in the world of athletics,” said Brian Corcoran, President of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. “We hope this symposium will cause Maine kids to pause and think about their lives as they listen to some amazing presenters.”
A graduate of Harvard, Allison Feaster is the first player in any sport to be named Ivy League Player of the Year three times. Her ten-year WNBA career was highlighted by a trip to the finals with the Charlotte Sting. A graduate of the NBA’s Basketball Operations Associate Program, she worked with the G-League before the Celtics called. Her responsibilities include enabling players to develop to their fullest potential on and off the court whether in a bubble or not.
She will join Dajaun Eubanks on the virtual dais. Eubanks was a star at Rice University in Houston. He entered the business of basketball as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. He eventually moved to Maine and became President of the highly successful Maine Red Claws and is a founder of Maine Blue Wave Basketball. His daughter Shayla is a first-year basketball player at Bowdoin.
Joanne McCallie is one of Maine’s greatest basketball players. After graduating from Brunswick, she played four years at Northwestern University. Her coaching career included a stop at Auburn before becoming head coach at Maine, Michigan State and Duke. She has 628 Division 1 victories and has been named Coach of the Year in four conferences. She is about to release her second book.
Amy Vachon of Augusta played for McCallie at Maine and made four trips to the NCAA’s including a cherished win over Stanford in 1999. She still holds the conference record in career assists with 759. Vachon has led the Black Bears to consecutive NCAA appearances and has a conference record of 40-8. When she learned that just 21% of Maine high school girls’ basketball teams are coached by women, she began a campaign to help change that statistic.
Mike DeVito played defensive end for nine seasons with the Jets and Chiefs and made it to the AFC championship game twice. He was a two-time all-conference selection at Maine where he met and married his wife Jesse. Mike lives in Hampden where he helps to raise three sons, works on his Ph D and hosts a popular podcast “3 Point Stance.”
Maddie Hasson is beginning her professional basketball career in Ireland. She was an All-American at Bowdoin and named Division III Player of the Year (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) as she led the #2 Polar Bears to the Sweet Sixteen. The group thought they were on their way to the program’s first national championship, when the season was ended because of COVID 19.
DeVito and Hasson will talk about problems facing high school students today and the struggle of balancing sports and academics. The panelists will include such topics as anti-bullying and how athletes can use their credibility to contribute to the community.
Tom Caron is one of the best-known broadcasters in New England who currently serves as Studio Host for Red Sox pre and post-game shows. He is a multiple Emmy Award winner who also serves as play by play announcer for NESN’s Beanpot coverage and writes a weekly column for the Portland Press Herald among many other duties.
Symposium topics were chosen to be relevant to today’s rapidly changing times. Students are asked to incorporate the information into their individual learning programs or use it to compliment more structured studies. MSHOF will promote any work submitted on social media platforms where applicable.
Students are invited to sign up for the webinar at mshof.com/webinar. Questions can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This program is a new venture for our organization,” said MSHOF Executive Director Bill Green. “We are excited to hear what our presenters and registrants have to say.”
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.