We’ve known that Barbara Rust, aka ‘Sign Lady’ would be inducted into the ESPN Fan Hall of Fame for some time, but today was the official ceremony celebrating Rust’s lifelong fandom of our Sacramento Kings.
Over a ten-day period Rust along with University of Arkansas Razorback fan Canaan Sandy and Georgia Bulldogs supporter Pierce Wallace received 85,000+ votes each, enough to declare them members of ESPN Fan Hall of Fame.
Owner Vivek Ranadive praised Rust for her loyalty and dedication to the franchise, suggesting her spirit embodies so many of the Sacramento fans.
“Barbara truly represents the spirit of the Sacramento Kings in so many ways,” said Kings owner Vivek Ranadive. “On behalf of the entire Kings organization, I congratulate her on this special honor.”
Ranadive wasn’t the only member of the Kings origination to give Rust much deserved compliments as president Chris Granger also applauded the woman many consider to be the heart of the Kings fan base.
“Barbara has been a tremendous part of our team for many years, and she fully demonstrates why Sacramento has the best fan base in the NBA,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “She embodies the determination and perseverance of Sacramento, and we are proud of her induction into the ESPN Hall of Fame.”
Rust was the only professional sports fan inducted into this year’s class of Hall of Fame members. She was presented with a trophy, featuring a working bleacher seat and will have her name engraved above vintage stadium chairs located on ESPN’s main campus in Bristol, Connecticut.
A well deserved honor for one of the kindest people you’ll ever come across and a much deserved shout-out to her husband, Niko Rust who shares the same passion and desire for the Kings as Barbara.
Two of the greatest and most respected Kings fans you’ll ever come across, without a doubt.