FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
San Clemente, CA – On May 21st the San Clemente Sports Wall of Fame Committee in partnership with the Friends of San Clemente Foundation will honor three new local sports legends in an induction presentation at the Aquatic Center at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park. Doors to the public will open at 6:00pm and the induction program will start at 6:30pm taking about one hour to complete. The Induction will be free to the public.
This years inductees are Joyce Hoffman, Bob Yoder and Doris Stephens.
Joyce Hoffman was the first true woman international surfing super star. She won the Women’s US Surfing Championship in 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1971. She also won the Women’s World Surfing Title in 1966 and 1967. In 1966 she was voted best woman surfer in the world by the International Surfing Hall of Fame. In 1964 Joyce won the first ever Women’s Division Surfer Poll and was the top vote getter for Surfer Magazine’s International Hall of Fame Awards. The accolades are endless and her legacy is a reminder to all surfing groms that excellence is within reach when you commit to improve everytime you enter the water.
Bob Yoder has been characterized by some as one of the best all around student athletes to ever come out of San Clemente High School. Bob played Baseball, Basketball and Volleyball well in SCHS, but will be honored on May 21st for his excellence in Volleyball. Bob was a 3x Collegiate All American Volleyball Player at USC and in 1977 his team won the NCAA Volleyball Championships. He later coached Ohio State’s Volleyball Team to 2 back to back appearance’s in the final four and then went on to coach the 1986 USC Volleyball team to a National Championship. In 1986 he was also the National Collegiate Volleyball Coach of the year. Bob also coached his daughter’s 16 yr old VB Club Team to a National Championship. Bob carried a 4.0 GPA in Business Economics at USC.
Doris Stephens at age 18 was arguably one of the best young woman’s tennis players in the United States. At that time she beat Nancy Chaffee who was ranked # 1 in the US. But the strain and cost of training and travel was such that she gave up a sport that she was truly gifted at playing to marry and raise children and become a mom. It wasn’t until Doris at the age of 79 years of age reunited with her old doubles partner Louise Russ and played on the United States Tennis Associations National Tour. In all she and her partner won 5 National Titles, two 2nd place titles and five 3rd Place Titles. In 2009 Doris received the highest USTA honor as the Grand Slam Gold Champion of 2009.
The Friends Of San Clemente Foundation sponsor’s the Wall Of Fame induction and welcome’s friends, neighbors and sport enthusiasts young and old to come down, meet our local heroes and enjoy sharing in the excitement of local community superstars being honored.
Chairman of the SCSWOF Committee
VP of the FOSCF