The American Jewish University will induct 15 sportsmen and sportswomen to the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame on January 26, 2014.
AJU is site of the Hall of Fame’s permanent exhibit.
Los Angeles Dodgers radio play-by-play broadcaster Charley Steiner will emcee the event.
Honorees include former Santa Monica player and coach Stuart Krohn, who started and ran the ICEF rugby program and has had a long and illustrious career in American rugby.
Krohn helped drive the Santa Monica club to national success. In addition, Ffrom 1985-87, he was player-coach at UC Santa Barbara, where his 1986 team was ranked 5th in the nation and he was named an All-American. He went on the play for Kronenbourg in France 1983-84; and for Stade Toulousain in 1984-84.
During 1988-89, Steve played provincial 7s in New Zealand; and from 1990-97 represented Hong Kong over 50 times in 15s and 200 times in 7s, including two World Cups. During the 1991-1992 offseasons, he played two pro seasons in Durban, SA.
Krohn was a 1993 U.S. Maccabiah rugby silver medalist, a 1997 gold medalist, and 2005 silver medalist, before turning to coaching, where he helmed Santa Monica, and then the ICEF program.
Also inducted will be former Los Angeles City Councilwomen Rosalind Wyman (5th District, 1953-64), a key figure in the Brooklyn Dodgers successful franchise move to the West Coast in 1958, 1960s-70s national handball champion Paul Haber; 1985 U.S. Figure Skating champion Judy Blumberg; west coast Lacrosse pioneer Mitch Fenton; international surfing legend Shaun Tomson; 1950s top ten-ranked tennis star Anita Kanter Kappe, seminal 1940s-50s beach volleyball legend Bernie Holtzman; 1980s high school and collegiate volleyball All-American Steve Stovitz; Norm Miller, outfielder for the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves 1965-74; Larry Beinfest, former president of Major League Baseball’s Florida Marlins; nationally syndicated sports media artist Mel Keefer; 1936-38 Roosevelt High and UCLA running back Izzy Cantor; 1940s Fremont High and USC football and track & field star Mel Bleeker; and long-time Los Angeles Dodgers publicist Toby Zwikel.