Harrisburg Academy will induct two alumni into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.  This ceremony is very special not only for the inductees and their families, but it is also inspirational for our current student-athletes.  This year, long-time swimming coach, Chris Clark, will proudly watch her son, Eric Clark ’03 (pictured left), being honored for his record-breaking achievements in the pool.  Eric owns many Academy swimming records, including finishing 12th in the state in the 200IM and being a 4-Time District 3 medalist.  After earning a bachelor’s degree from American University and a master’s degree from Shippensburg University, Eric works as a finance and accounting professional.  When asked what he learned as a student-athlete, he stated: “The Academy and athletics taught me discipline, goal setting, and perseverance.  This created the foundation for lifelong learning and physical activity.”

Stacy Dee Adler Smith ’83 (pictured right) is also being inducted into the Hall of Fame.  Stacy was a 3-sport athlete (field hockey, basketball, and tennis).  She qualified in Singles for the P.I.A.A. District 3 Tournament and played at the collegiate level at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.  In addition, she earned the Academy’s top athlete award, the Sports Club Trophy Award, in 1983 and is also a 13-Year Student.

Currently, Stacy is a lead proctor MAP and educational technology assistant in a school.  Stacy is proud of the education she received at Harrisburg Academy and credits the school for her success, stating, “As a student-athlete learning through commitment, teamwork, sportsmanship, and discipline, one can gain ‘grace and grit’ — invaluable lessons I gained from participation.  Values that remain standard in my life — accountability, determination, motivation, and organization — all commenced at Harrisburg Academy.”

This is our 13th year hosting this ceremony, and it gives me reassurance when I speak with former student-athletes that being an athlete has played a vital role in their success.  Playing sports outside the classroom is a perfect complement for our students’ academic careers.  Experiences on the field and courts provides them the opportunity to develop character, perseverance, teamwork, and humility — traits that an athlete may not set out to achieve, but ones that he or she will develop as a result of training and working towards personal and team goals.