The OPS Hall of Famers represent sport at the highest level

OMAHA – Nine representatives from Omaha public schools, ranging from a world champion boxer to a former Olympic gymnast to an athlete-turned-school principal, are slated to be inducted into the OPS Athletics Hall of Fame.

Terence “Bud” Crawford (Courtesy of Omaha Public Schools)

Honorees include high-profile community members, former coaches, and administrators associated with schools from the district’s middle and high schools. They will be introduced during a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on November 19 at the CHI Health Center.

All proceeds go to OPS athletics.

OPS is the state’s largest school district, employing approximately 7,000 full-time staff across 86 schools and nine programs. Approximately 52,000 students attend Kindergarten through Grade 12, including special education teachers and English learners.

The Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2022 as announced by OPS:

  • Paul Brown, Benson High, played football, basketball and baseball before turning to college baseball at the University of Iowa in 1958. Brown and his wife are founding members of the Benson High Foundation.
  • Terence “Bud” Crawford, Bryan High, continues to be considered one of the best professional boxers in the world. Crawford turned pro in 2008, has held multiple global championships, and is the WBO welterweight champion as of 2018.
  • Chequetta (Bearfield) Jackson, Burke High, was continued as a gateway to an All-American career at the University of Illinois. Jackson won all-class gold at the state track and field meet in 1997 and 1998 and won four gold medals as a seniors.
    Chequetta Jackson (courtesy Omaha Public Schools)
  • Akoy Agau, medium high, is the first Class A basketball player to start on four consecutive state title teams from 2009 to 2012. Agau also played on the Eagles’ football and track teams before transitioning to a Division 1 collegiate basketball career.
  • Adam Wright, North High, Vikings quarterback to a senior-year NSAA football playoff appearance before transferring to the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1996, where he became the all-time leading rusher in the UN and an All-American.
  • Cara (Churchich) Riggs, Northwest High, issued 30 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in the district where she graduated in 1980. Riggs now works for San Diego State University’s National Center for Urban School Transformation and is a writer.
    Cara Riggs (Courtesy of Omaha Public Schools)
  • Jim Hartung, South High, is described as the most decorated gymnast in Nebraska history, having won 18 gold medals in three years of high school meetings. The 1978 Packer alumni was an All-American at the University of Nebraska and an Olympic qualifier.
  • Preston Love Jr., Tech High, a triple letterman, was named to All-City and All-Tournament teams before graduating in 1960. Love went to the University of Nebraska, was drafted by the Detroit Lions, and later became an author and political activist. (He was an organizer of Jesse Jackson’s 1984 presidential campaign.)
  • Tom Robertson, middle school award winner, has served OPS in numerous capacities as a coach, mentor, administrator and leader over the past three decades. Robertson had an “immeasurable” impact on countless youth and others, according to his nomination, and he was selected for the honor by a group of his peers.

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