The Lees-McRae College athletic department inducted three new members into the Fred I. Dickerson Hall of Fame Friday night in McDonald Dining Hall. This year’s induction class includes: Mike Eades
’83 (men’s basketball), Manuel Jessup ’76 (men’s basketball), and longtime athletic administrator Rita Smith.
In what has become a signature event of Lees-McRae’s homecoming weekend, alumni, staff, students and honored guests were on hand to watch three exceptional individuals enshrined in Lees-McRae’s athletic hall of fame.
In his opening remarks, McPhail commended the trio of honorees:
“For you three are what intercollegiate athletics represent. Good citizens, great servants, wonderful ambassadors for not only your profession, but this dear college,” McPhail noted. “Being a part of sports teaches one all of life’s lessons in a simple week. Early morning practices, treatment for injuries, preparation for competition and then the game. In that, I have just mentioned dedication, sacrifice, commitment, perseverance, loyalty and passion. These are traits you all exemplified throughout your career at Lees-McRae and beyond.”
After McPhail’s opening comments and dinner from the staff of the MacDonald Dining Hall, Lees-McRae President, Dr. Barry Buxton spoke to the crowd. The night’s honored guests then received their time in the spotlight, as each was in turn welcomed into the special fraternity that is the Lees-McRae athletic Hall of Fame.