Catawba Valley Community College Hall of Famer Danny Fraga (photo courtesy CVCC sports information)

Former Polk County standout Danny Fraga has been inducted into the Catawba Valley Community College Athletics Hall of Fame.

Fraga became part of the Hall’s inaugural class during a Dec. 2 banquet at the Workforce Solutions Complex in Hickory.

“There is no greater honor in the world of athletics than to be in the first Hall of Fame class of something,” said National Junior College Athletic Association President Christopher Parker, the keynote speaker for the ceremony.

“For you Hall of Fame inductees, when you look in the mirror you’ve got to be proud and honored that you are one of the first. You are in the inaugural class of the Hall of Fame. That’s something no one can ever take from you. That means that you are admired for more than you. You are admired for who you are, what you stand for and what you are going to continue to stand for. In this case, it’s CVCC. It’s going to take individuals like you that are going to pay it forward and bring more opportunities for the next generation.”

Fraga was the first All-American player in the program’s history, helping lead Catawba Valley to the NJCAA World Series in 2012. He played in 42 games that season, registering 66 hits, two doubles, two home runs, 62 runs scored, 20 RBI and stealing 15 bases.

He holds the the school career records for runs scored (110), on-base percentage (.568) and hit by pitch (17). He also owns the season record for times hit by pitch (12).

“This is truly a humbling honor to be here tonight — not only being inducted into the first Catawba Valley Athletics Hall of Fame, but being surrounded by remarkable people and CVCC athletic standouts,” Fraga said during the ceremony.

The PCHS graduate went on to star at UNC Pembroke and played three seasons professionally with the Florence Freedom before retiring in 2018. He now works and lives in Charlotte with his wife, Sammy Mazzilli Fraga.

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