Ateneo Sports Hall of Famers
Fritz Gaston wrote the Ateneo Sports Hall of Fame and he mentioned the value and contributions of Olsen Racela as an integral part of the 1988 Ateneo Blue Eagles and as a result, the ASHOF eventually included him as one of the 10 Ateneans inducted to the Ateneo Sports Hall of Fame. Racela was originally listed as one of the athletes who will be given a citation but Gaston’s recommendation made the difference.
Racela together with fellow Ateneo High School 1987 batch mate Danny Francisco was one of four members of the 1987-1988 Back to Back UAAP champion team that made it this year. The other two members inducted of that 1988 team were point guard Jun Reyes and power forward Eric Reyes. That brings to eight the number of cagers inducted on that team with Nonoy Chuatico, Jet Nieto, Sep Canlas and Alex Araneta are the four others who were inducted in 2009.
The night was filled with a lot of legends specially the teams i saw while I was in grade school and the team I rooted for in college. The core of the 1975 – 1976 powerhouse back to back NCAA champion team was there namely Fritz Gaston, Joy Carpio, Padim Israel, Chito Narvasa, Maling Estrella and Steve Watson. The 5-peat Ateneo Blue Eagles were also there to cheer on the Hall of Famers.
Other Ateneans feted in the event were Tony Cuyegkeng, Jun Gonzales, Piquillo Enage, Andy Nanagas, Eddie Apacible and the only non-Atenean inducted was champion Volleyball Coach Pitong Custodio who passed away last November 10, 2012. Given citations were Atty Mario “Babes” Oreta and Frederick “Deck” Go who were instrumental in making the turnaround in Ateneo Badminton. The event was held at the Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall in the Ateneo were veteran sportscaster Sev Sarmenta was the Master of Ceremonies.