Six to be enshrined into Rome Sports Hall of Fame

Induction ceremony is on July 28 at Vernon Downs

Posted: Jun 11, 2019 9:14 PM

Rome, N.Y. - The Rome Sports Hall of Fame announced it's Class of 2019, Tuesday.

There are six members of this year's induction class.

George E Lewis Jr. was an all-star RFA football player who set a school record with 20 sacks and had more than 100 tackles for the Black Knights. He was an all-state defensive end and linebacker.

Nick Bottini was a three-sport athlete at RFA, playing football, basketball and was the captain of the track and field team. He ended up playing college basketball at Potsdam where he won an NCAA Division III championship.

David B. Caldwell Jr. was another three-sport athlete, excelling in baseball, basketball and football. He played college football at Marist College, where he was a linebacker and punter. He is currently the head coach for the Hopewell Valley, N.J. high school football team.

Jack F. Charney played football and was on the track and field team at RFA. He played football for Springfield College where he was a three-year starter as a fullback and linebacker. He's been a long-time coach following his playing career.

Charlie Constantino came to Rome after graduating from St. John Fisher College. He sponsored many youth and adult softball teams, helped in the renovation of Kennedy Arena, helped the development of the DeLutis Baseball Complex and assisted in bringing the Empire State Games to Rome. He is being inducted as a contributor.

John A. Mody Jr. was a football and baseball standout who was an all-star linebacker for the 1984 Section III champion Black Knights team. He also hit over .400 for both RFA and the American Legion's Smith Post. He later started for three seasons as a linebacker for Colgate University's football team. He died in August of 2017 at the age of 50.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on July 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Vernon Downs.

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