2nd Group Inducted into the RSIC Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony inducted its 2nd Athletics Hall of Fame class yesterday with a mission not just to honor its past athletes and its culture, but to inspire its current generation of athletes.

With a class of 24 inductees, the RSIC’s 2017 Hall of Fame class is highlighted by its first female athletes—Ramona Darrough, Ivy L, Christy and Lorri Chasing Crow; and two former Golden Glove boxers—cousins Steve and Chuck Sampson.  Steve Sampson boxed during his service as a United States Marine in the late 70s.

The ceremony, held at the Colony Gym, 34 Reservation Rd., started with prayer, a community dinner, honor songs, a keynote speaker and speeches by representatives of the inductees.

Randy Melendez, an assistant in the RSIC Recreation Department, who developed the idea for the Athletics Hall of Fame, gave the keynote.

A retired high school educator who is a member of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame, Melendez was part of the RSIC’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

Furthermore, Melendez who is responsible for most of the historical research, said that the tribe wants to have an Athletics Hall of Fame for three reasons.

“We want to honor our past because these athletes were really remarkable and sports like running and basketball are still a big part of the culture of our community,” said Melendez, a former college athlete.  “Plus, we want to send a message to our youth that these are role models and if today’s athletes work hard, they too, can be anything they want to be.”

Melendez also believes there skills learned through athletics are important like skills, too.

“Sports guided me to my place in the world,” Melendez said.  “From an early age, with support from my family and some very influential coaches, I saw the value and opportunities that athletics could provide me not just to stay close to sports, but ultimately to build a career.”

Among the United States’ 562 federal recognized American Indian tribes, Native Americans are the most under-represented ethnicity on NCAA teams.

“We believe that by honoring our past athletes, our youth will be inspired to strive for their own excellence,” Melendez said.  “My dream came true and I got to be teacher and coach, so I am proof that athletics can lead to a healthy, happy, quality existence.”

Following is a complete listing of the 2017 RSIC Athletics Hall of Fame members:

NAME                  GRAD YEAR         SCHOOL

Sam Uribe                   1948                Stewart Indian School

Dean Paddy                1955                Reno High

Ralph Bryan                1957                Reno High

James Wasson             1968                Pershing County High (Lovelock)

Bob O’Daye                1970                Wooster High

Bucky Sampson          1970                Stewart Indian School

Nelson Aleck              1972                Wooster High

Chuck Sampson          1974                Wooster High

Jonsey Dressler           1973                Wooster High

Steve Sampson            1977                Reed High

Kevin O’Daye             1982                Wooster High

Ralph Sabola               1977                Wooster High    

Ramona Darrough       1982                Pyramid Lake High

Ivy L. Christy              1984                Washoe High

George Moore             1987                Pyramid Lake High

Allan Tobey                1988                Pyramid Lake High

Bennett Nutumya        1988                Pyramid Lake High

Curtis Cypher Jr          1988                Pyramid Lake High

Jody McCloud            1992                Wooster High

Shawn O’Daye           2001                Wooster High

Sonny Malone             2001                Pyramid Lake High

Lori Chasing Crow     2002                Pyramid Lake High

Kyle Coffman             2004                Pyramid Lake High

Lyndsey Rivers           2004                Pyramid Lake High


Some of the 24 people inducted into the 2017 RSIC Athletics Hall of Fame.