Mohinder Singh Gill to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Mohinder Singh Gill

India Post News Service

OAKLAND: The Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame announced today it will present its inaugural Curt Flood Platinum Award Ceremony and induct five retired professional athletes at its 24th Annual Bay Area induction and award ceremony. The 2022-23 MVP caliber nominees for the Flood award are for excellence in sports and in society, and the complete list of the class of 2024 is below.

Mohinder Singh Gill is a retired Indian Triple Jumper who competed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Gill won 52 major international invitational competitions in North America and Europe, setting 19 new records in the process. In addition, he won five NCAA Championships, all with new records.  Some of those records stood 40 years later.

Gill attended Cal Poly, competing in the triple jump from 1968 to 1971, winning five total NCAA championships between divisions and setting five combined NCAA records.

On May 8, 1971, Gill triple-jumped to a mark of 55 feet and 1.25 inches (or 16.79m), at the West Coast Relays in Fresno, producing the second-longest triple jump ever on American soil at the time, and earning Outstanding Athlete of the Meet accolades.  As a Cal Poly senior in 1971, he ranked sixth in the world during the year.

Other inductees: Clifford Ray (Basketball), Lee Lacy (Baseball), Spencer Haywood (Basketball).

The banquet and ceremony will be held February 24, 5:45 to 10 p.m., at the George P. Scotlan Convention Center, at the Marriott Civic Center Hotel in Oakland.

This promises to be a historic and celebratory evening, as we will be joined by iconic players from across professional sports and its industry disciplines. The no-host cocktail hour begins at 5:45 p.m.; dinner at 6:45 p.m.; and the ceremony at 7:45 p.m. All times are prompt. General tickets are $250.00; Seniors (65 and older) $150.00, and students $50. This includes dinner and the ceremony. Tables of 10 are available as well.

MESHOF is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring athletes from all corners of the globe who have made significant contributions to the world of sports and broadening the public’s understanding of the contributions people of color have made to professional sports; and to provide educational life skills and mentorship opportunities for deserving youth. Proceeds from this event to benefit MESHOF’s overall youth after-school and mental health initiatives, and Oakland’s Curt Flood Field and Oakland Parks & Recreation.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.multiethnicsportshof.com. For additional information, please contact the following:

Arif Khatib – afrosportshall@aol.com. 510-508-3309

India Alston – india@beamcreativehouse.com – 202-569-7488