The 2023 Athletic Hall of Fame, a celebration of Livingstone College, had a surprisingly unique dose of fame added to its listing of homecoming events. On Saturday, October 21st, at the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, former Livingstone athletes gathered with their family and friends for brunch, honoring five alumni who exhibited extraordinary athletic skills during their years of performance. Hosted by former athlete and assistant 2000 CIAA Championship women’s basketball coach Dr. Kellee Watkins, the division of athletics under the leadership of Clifton Huff honored the All-American 4x400 relay team: Denise Brown Ferguson, Sharonda Anderson, Tiffany Forbes Percentie, and Yolanda Faye Morgan. A special recognition for alumnus and Salisbury police officer Lieutenant Corey Brooks was presented on behalf of his heroic efforts demonstrated in saving a citizen from a burning vehicle earlier in the year.
In addition to the four women of track and field and officer the audience came to celebrate, guests were pleasantly surprised with the presence of former Duke University college standout and NBA professional Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans. There to support his mother, Sharonda Anderson, Zion enthusiastically met and engaged with alumni and friends, elevating the level of exceptional athleticism to the event. Zion’s father, Lateef Williamson, was also a college standout as a member of the Livingstone College 1997 and 1998 CIAA Championship football teams. Referencing her positive Livingstone College experience, noting the support of coaches and friends, Anderson stated she realized the rest of the sports world could be the opposite of her undergraduate experience. She explained, “Navigating media is a difficult task,” and thanked Livingstone College for its love.
President Anthony J. Davis thanked the inductees for committing to their alma mater and challenged them to build a greater legacy for future Blue Bears through recruitment and donorship.
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