Orange County creating Hall of Fame: These are the first inductees

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Late Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, golf legend Tiger Woods and No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani will be among the 10 inaugural members of Orange County’s new Hall of Fame.

On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to create a Hall of Fame to pay tribute to O.C. residents whose impact has resonated far beyond the region.

Woods, Bryant and Stefani will be joined by Olympic diver Greg Louganis, Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard, Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, developer and businessman Frank Jao, Walt Disney, real estate magnate William Lyon and businessman/philanthropist Henry Segerstrom.

“Their names resonate with excellence and embody the very essence of what makes Orange County special and great,” said Supervisor Don Wagner.

  • Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts before taking on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Harry How/Getty Images)
    Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts before taking on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Harry How/Getty Images)
  • BURBANK, CA – MAY 09: Singers Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani perform on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater on May 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
    BURBANK, CA – MAY 09: Singers Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani perform on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater on May 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
  • Greg Louganis
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 23: Greg Louganis arrives at the Project Angel Food’s 2023 Angel Awards on September 23, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/FilmMagic)
  • Amanda Beard
    Amanda Beard competes in the women’s 200M Breaststroke final on day six of the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials on June 30, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Walt Disney
    Walt Disney (1901-1966), American cartoonist and film maker. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  • Henry Segerstrom
    LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 18: (L-R) Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, wife Lois Aldrin, Elizabeth Segerstrom and Henry Segerstrom attends the 40th Anniversary Gala honoring Placido Domingo presented by the LA Opera held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on April 18, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
  • FILE - Tiger Woods, left, and Erica Herman appear on the 18th green during the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor, Limerick, Ireland, July, 4, 2022. Herman, the ex-girlfriend of golf superstar Woods, has dropped her $30 million lawsuit against the trust that owns his $54 million Florida mansion. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)
    FILE – Tiger Woods, left, and Erica Herman appear on the 18th green during the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor, Limerick, Ireland, July, 4, 2022. Herman, the ex-girlfriend of golf superstar Woods, has dropped her $30 million lawsuit against the trust that owns his $54 million Florida mansion. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)
  • Bill Medley
  • William Lyon
    BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 1: Honoree Ret. Major Genaral William Lyon poses at Operation Smile’s 4th Annual Los Angeles Gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 1, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Each inductee will be honored with a plaque in the lobby of the county’s administration building on West Civic Center Drive in Santa Ana. A date for the induction ceremony and unveiling has not yet been determined.

The inaugural Hall of Fame class was selected by an ad hoc committee which will be convened to vote on nominations on an annual basis. To qualify, nominees must have a minimum of 10 years as a resident or business owner in Orange County, have had one major life experience or won a big award in the county, or be a civic leader, according to The Orange County Register.

“This is a great way to showcase some of the amazing people we have in our community and will be an inspiration for generations to come,” said Supervisor Katrina Foley.

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