Kim Oden to be Inducted into San Jose Sports Hall of Fame

Sept. 12, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - Former Stanford volleyball player Kim Oden is among six South Bay sports personalities who will be inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame this fall.

Oden is a three-time AVCA All-American, two-time National Player of the Year and three-time Conference Player of the Year who helped Stanford to four NCAA Final Four appearances and two conference championships. She was also named the Player of the Decade for the 1980's. Following her graduation in 1986, she joined the U.S. National Team for seven years during which she was named to the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic Teams. She served as captain of both teams and won a bronze medal with the '92 team in Barcelona, Spain.

Joining Oden in the 13th class, which will be inducted in November at HP Pavilion, are figure skater Brian Boitano, track coach Bert Bonanno, basketball players Bud and Ralph Ogden and swimmer Mark Spitz. The fall event is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th and begins with a VIP reception and silent auction followed by the dinner ceremony. Dinner tickets begin at $200 each and may be reserved by calling (408) 288-2936.

The 2007 Class brings to 63 the number of South Bay sports figures in the Hall of Fame, which recognizes each honoree with a bronze plaque mounted in the concourse of HP Pavilion. The annual dinner is an event of the San Jose Sports Authority, San Jose Arena Authority, HP Pavilion Management/San Jose Sharks and the City of San Jose. The event benefits Special Olympics Silicon Valley Region and high school sports programs.

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