The Newfoundland and Labrador Basketball Association will be inducting four individuals into its provincial Hall of Fame this weekend in conjunction with the association’s annual general meeting in St. John’s.
The AGM is set for Saturday at the Swilers Club, with the Hall of Fame induction slated Saturday evening at the Holiday Inn.
The inductees include athletes Andrea Hutchens and Gary Summers, builder Kevin Fitzpatrick and official Jamey Jennings.
Fitzpatrick has been a part of the provincial basketball community for over 40 years. his involvement beginning when playedfor Holy Cross as a Crusader in 1969 at the age of 12.
Under his guidance, the Metro Basketball League became a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Basketball Association (NLBA) for the first time, bringing insurance coverage to all of its players and the opportunity to play in provincial tournaments.
He is also one of the co-founders of the annual Margaret Breen Memorial Tournament
Along with all his work the Metro league, Fitzpatrick has been an active member of the NLBA since 1996. In 2007, he received the President’s Award for his work with the associationand his contribution to the sport throughout the province.
Without question, Hutchens is one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s best female basketball players of all time.
She achieved success at the university, national, and international levels from 1991-1995. A career highlight for Hutchens was her recruitment to the University of Winnipeg, was part of a Wesmen team that won 88 consecutive games and three straight national championships.
In 1994, Hutchens was named second-team All-Canadian and was selected tournament all-star for the CIAU national championship.
In 1995, she scored 16 points and was named TSN player of the game as Winnipeg defeated the University of Manitoba to win its third straight CIAU title. Hutchens was selected first-team all-star for the CIAU national tournament.
She was selected to the national developmental team in 1991 and attended a national women's team camp in 1992. From 1993-1995, Hutchens was selected to play on several national teams and competed in a number of international tournaments.
Jennings’ refereeing career started in 1974 where he officiated in communities such as Corner Brook, Plum Point, St. John’s and Gander. He was one of the founding members of the Central Newfoundland Association of Basketball Officials (CNABO).
Jennings is a provincial clinician official for basketball rules and mechanics, and has conducted clinics throughout the province. He has officiated at all levels of tournaments sponsored by the NLBA and School Sports NL since 1974, and is a member of college pool of men and women to officiate at Memorial Sea-Hawks games.
He has officiated at national and AUS Conference championships.
Summers initially laced up his sneakers when he was 12-years-old as a Grade 6 student at St. Bon’s.
He played his high school ball at Brother Rice, where he was named to the city all-star team.
After high school, Summers represented the province at the 1971 Canada Winter Games in Saskatoon and went on to play both junior and senior varsity while attending Memorial University, where he was named to the Honour Society.
Summers played competitive basketball for over 15 years. Included in that time was his years playing in the St. John’s senior men’s league with City Furniture.