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Hall of Fans’ inaugural class inducted during Bristol ceremony

Wes Henson addresses fans during the first Hall of Fans induction ceremony on the Bristol Campus (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)

On Wednesday morning in Bristol, Conn., ESPN and StubHub inducted the very first class of the new Hall of Fans. During a ceremony on ESPN’s main campus lawn, Emily Pitek, Captain Dee-Fense and the Green Men — each wearing the inspired, creative costumes they’ve become known for — set the gold standard for inclusion in the new institution.

“I never thought I would be here today, at the mecca of sports,” said Wes Henson, better known in Baltimore as Captain Dee-Fense. The Green Men described it as a trip to Disneyland for sports fans.

During the ceremony, Henson, Pitek and the Green Men were presented with gift certificates to StubHub and a permanent exhibit in their honor on the ESPN campus green. SportsNation’s Charissa Thompson hosted the event and reminded participants about how strong the ten finalists were throughout the contest. In total, nearly 50,000 votes were cast to crown the deserving winners.

In her remarks, Pitek thanked ESPN president John Skipper for the company’s commitment to female athletes and women’s sports through the company’s multi-platform Title IX effort and the espnW brand and website.

Do you think you have what it takes to join these three incredible fans? Front Row will be sure to let you know when next year’s submission process opens up.

Until then, congrats to the Hall of Fans, Class of 2012.

More photos from the festivities can be found in Front Row’s Captured on Campus.

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