13 inducted into Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Sunday night, 13 Kansas greats heard their names called as they were inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

This class of 2019 ranges from all sports and ages from baseball and basketball to swimming.

Three 2019 inductees have already passed away but the 10 who were present all attributed their success to family and a strong support system.

Former KU basketball and OKC Thunder player, Nick Collison said,
"I didn't know a lot of these people before today but you start hearing their stories and it's really cool how no matter what sport it is, everyone has kind of a similar story where they did their best to make it but they had so many people behind them to help them along the way and families, coaches, teammates, friends and we all have similar stories, it's just different sports and different circumstances. So it was a lot of fun and a lot of really impressive people."

These 13 inductees raise the number of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame members to 297 people.

At the ceremony, former players and coaches reminisced about the fan support and sense of community they felt while playing throughout the state of Kansas.

"Coming here for college was so important for me. I had an incredible time playing here, I grew up a lot, I learned a lot," said Collison. "Like I said tonight, it really prepared me for what was to come next. And those are some of my...the most fun I ever had playing basketball was in Allen Fieldhouse at Kansas and just feel very fortunate to have been able to be a part of it."