Riddick, Vaughn honors planned

Published 10:23 pm Friday, April 20, 2018

There have been many people who have had impacts on local athletes, and two of them will be inducted into the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Hall of Fame on April 30.

Betty Jean Riddick and Benny Vaughan will be inducted into the VISAA Hall of Fame next week.

Riddick, who was athletic director at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy for 29 years, will be inducted. Along with being athletic director at NSA, she has been a part of the faculty for about 40 years.

Benjamin “Benny” Vaughan of Isle of Wight Academy, along with Betty Jean Riddick of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, will be inducted to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Hall of Fame later this month. (submitted photo)


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The inductee was one of the founding committee members of the VISAA. She first got the news she would be inducted into the Hall of Fame when the VISAA board contacted her last month. Since then, she has gotten plenty of love from people throughout the state and the Suffolk community. She was very surprised to get the news.

“I’m very honored and blessed to be honored this way,” Riddick said. “I have certainly enjoyed working with all of these folks across the state. They are all good people.”

With all she has done over the years, Riddick said she never realized the impact she was having. Many former students and colleagues have congratulated her.

“It is a great honor for me, and like I said, I have met and worked with many outstanding educators and students over the years,” she said. “I am just grateful for everything.”

Benjamin “Benny” Vaughan is a retired headmaster of Isle of Wight Academy and a longtime member of the state basketball committee and was the former executive chair of the VISAA.

The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held April 30 at the Hilton Hotel Richmond and Spa in Richmond. The awards presentation will follow dinner, which will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at www.ticketspicket.com or by contacting Michael Dicken at Veritas School at cmdicken@veritasschool.com.