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NC Sports Hall Of Fame Mid-Year Report

By NCSHOF Staff, 08/02/17, 5:45PM EDT


The first half of 2017 has been a very productive one - induction of a great 8 member class, largest attendance ever for May Banquet, first Student-Athlete Program, NCATA Partnership, new website thanks to NAS, Strawbridge Studios as official photographer, and much more.

2017 will be remembered for the induction of another stellar class of eight North Carolina athletes and administrators bringing to 336 who have been honored.


The largest induction banquet ever held by the Hall with almost 1,000 attendees.


The Hall of Fame’s website was updated this year with the generous support of National Amateur Sports (NAS) to be on par with the athletic achievements of its members. The site allows for faster access to information about the honorees and their accomplishments, displays new information, and contains the Hall Pass sub site and much more.


Hall Pass is the name of the program designed for North Carolina student-athletes and their supporters. This program is designed to inform, inspire and support student-athletes through various development activities including sharing the stories of success of Hall of Fame members. A sub section of the NCSHOF website is devoted to Hall Pass.


The NCSHOF held its first Salute to Student-Athletes in conjunction with the 2017 Induction ceremonies. Almost 200 student-athletes and chaperones from public and private schools across the state were sponsored and joined us for the NC Sports Hall of Fame induction weekend. These individuals were treated to their own welcome reception Friday evening, attended the induction banquet, and participated in a special program held the following day at the Museum with several Hall members sharing their inspirational stories.


The reception and reaction to Salute to Student-Athletes has been overwhelming. Notes of appreciation from the participants and their sponsors, news coverage of the Hall “giving back and paying forward” to the next generation, and interest on the part of those who want to participate next year represent some of the feedback received.


Plans are underway now to expand the 2018 Salute to Student-Athletes to extend the reach of the Hall to an even larger group – 500 student-athletes and chaperones.


The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame is developing plans to award college scholarships in 2018 to high school athletes who apply and meet the selection committee criteria.


The NCSHOF has formed a partnership with the North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association (NCATA). NCATA members are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians and provide prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis and injury rehabilitation to student-athletes. The NCSHOF sees this partnership as an opportunity to extend the education and promotion of these beliefs. An athletic trainer exhibit – “Athletic Trainers and Sports Medicine” – was created by the NCATA and through NCSHOF was displayed at the Hall Museum March-May 2017. This touring exhibit currently is in Elizabeth City and will be in Albemarle and Fayetteville this year.


The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame is developing a partnership with the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association whose mission is” to take a leadership role in athletic issues to enhance the educational process for student-athletes” which parallels the NCSHOF Student-Athlete Program initiatives. Planning toward a Fall 2017 announcement at the Hall Museum are in progress.


Strawbridge Studios of Durham, NC has been named the official photographer and videographer for the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Strawbridge has been instrumental in capturing the images of the Hall’s events for the past year and producing promotional videos and photographic images used on the website.