|Ken Black is among three names from the world of auto racing who will be inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame May 30 at the Orleans.
The Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame, which started in 1997 to honor former Bishop Gorman, University of Nebraska and pro football quarterback David Humm, will add five candidates including three from the field of motorsports during ceremonies May 30 at the Orleans Arena.
The off-road racing Jerry Herbst family will also be honored by the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame at the Orleans in Las Vegas.
Among the 2014 inductees will be the Herbst family for its off-road racing; drag racing team owner Ken Black and retired freestyle motocross/motorcycle racer and current off-road competitor Carey Hart.
Hart, who grew up in Las Vegas, is one of the most recognized names in all of freestyle motocross.
The Terrible Herbst race team includes Herbst father Jerry and sons Ed, Troy and Tim. The family has been involved in off-road racing for more than 40 years and is the winningest off-road racing team in Baja history.
Jerry Herbst is the found and backer of Herbst Motorsports. Herbst motorsports has dominated SCORE and Best in the Desert races over the years.
Black owns the Summit-sponsored NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock teams of Greg Anderson and Jason Line. Between Anderson and Line, Black owns several Pro Stock points championship teams.
In addition, Black has fielded a Top Fuel Dragster team for Hillary Will.
Now housed at Findlay Toyota at in the Valley Automall at 7733 Eastgate Rd. in the Valley Automall, the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization committed to recognizing the outstanding achievements by Southern Nevada athletes, both in the world of sports and the local community.
Proceeds from the organization’s fundraising efforts are donated to organizations committed to the support and enhancement of Southern Nevada youth through active participation in programs designed to promote leadership, values and character through sports.
SNSHF Executive Director Rob Portaro said the group is also keying its support for public middle schools this year. He said basketball is usually the only sport in the middle schools.
“We are doing something different this year and going forward with the funds we raise at our events,” Portaro said. “There are no sports in public middle schools in Clark County because of budget constraints. We believe that that is one of the reasons that Nevada ranks 49th in the country for academics.
“Studies have showed that our nation’s youth do much better academically if there are extracurricular events in their lives like music, sports, after school clubs etc. So we are sending over 500 kids to sports camps this year and would like to get that number to 5000 in the years to come. We believe this will have a significant impact on the kids lives.”
Also inducted this year will be UNLV baseball coach Tim Chambers and professional golfer and 1996 UNLV graduate Chris Riley.
Among the past inductees have been Findlay Automotive Group President Cliff Findlay and Findlay Toyota General Manager Rich Abajian.
The celebration will kick off May 30 with a golf tournament at Royal Links Golf Club at 5995 E. Vegas Valley Dr. where check-in is set for 6:30 a.m. A shotgun start is set for 7:30 a.m.
The evening’s festivities will start with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. with awards set to start at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.SportsHallofFame.net.