Nerland, Winchester inducted into Hall of Fame Tuesday

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Feb 28, 2012

Tonight Steve Nerland and Don Winchester of the Alliance for the Support for American Legion Baseball in Alaska will be honored by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame with the Joe Floyd Award.

The induction ceremony begins at 7 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum auditorium. The event is free.

Nerland and Winchester have made significant individual contributions to Alaska sports and jointly helped persuade the Alaska Legislature to help fund UAA's new sports arena.

The Joe Floyd Award goes to a person or group that over a period of time makes lasting and significant contributions to Alaska sports.

Nerland is heavily involved in Legion baseball and was a big contributor to the development of fields at the South Anchorage Sports Complex and to the recent renovations at Mulcahy Stadium, where field and stadium upgrades benefit the entire state.

Winchester has taken on the role of historian for Alaska high school sports and was the leading force behind the construction of Dimond's football field.

Together, the two men spent time in Juneau championing the merits of a new arena at UAA and convincing lawmakers to put up $50 million for the project.