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Student-Athlete Program

2021 Student-Athlete Program

Over the past three years the NCSHOF, with the support of sponsors, has provided an opportunity for over 700 middle and high school student-athletes and chaperones to attend the NCSHOF Induction Banquet on a Friday night in early May at the Raleigh Convention Center, and the NCSHOF Salute to Student-Athletes program the following Saturday morning at the NC Museum of History. 

Last May, we were unable to hold our Induction Events due to COVID-19, and we thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we plan for the Induction of the Class of 2021.  The NCSHOF Board of Directors voted on Feb. 10 to move the induction ceremony to July 23, 2021 in Raleigh, NC.  This will now be a one-day event, rather than the previously planned weekend of activities on May 6-8, 2021. 

Because the Induction events now fall over the summer break, and the current school system policy stating “For the upcoming year, in-person field trips have been suspended to ensure the safety of our students and employees,” we are exploring new and engaging ways to connect with the student-athletes.

In keeping with our vision, The NCSHOF will continue to expand and strengthen our association with all citizens of North Carolina, especially the youth, through popular exhibits and educational displays, we believe the NCSHOF Student-Athlete Program is a beneficial and worthwhile program that we want to continue virtually in 2021 and in-person and/or virtually in the future.  Below are our thoughts and tentative plans for the 2021 Student-Athlete Program (SAP).  In the past, the SAP has specifically revolved around the Friday night Induction Banquet and the Saturday Salute to Student-Athletes Seminar.  We think this can change in 2021 to having several engaging, virtual events and activities throughout the year, reaching far more student-athletes than ever before. 

The Plan for 2021

March 24 - Kickoff Session 1 Resources presented by Pierce Group Benefits .  The school contact forwards the information to participants, sometime between March 24-April 9. Resources for this session include (Just click on the links below):

April 21-May 7 - Session 2 Resources, presented by Teall Capital. The school contact forwards the information to participants, sometime between April 21-May 7 (simply click on links to enjoy):

  • Enjoy watching this inspiring interview with Phil Ford from March 2021!  Ford is a 1991 Hall of Fame Inductee and proud supporter of the Student-Athlete Program.
  • Check out our brand new 360 Tour of the Hall of Fame Museum!  As NCSHOF Student-Athlete Program participants, you are among the first visitors to experience this exciting new tour of our Exhibit! Click on the large white circles to move through the space, and use your mouse or your arrow keys to maneuver around. You can view full screen, zoom in, and spin around, too. Be sure to keep an eye out for some of our staff. They’re waiting throughout the exhibit to introduce you to new sections as you “stroll” through.
  • Special Highlights from the 2011 Naismith Good Sportsmanship Awards honoring Kay Yow, Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski.
  • March Hall Pass Newsletter, featuring Mary Garber, a sports media pioneer.

    Registration is OPEN for our Session 3 Zoom Panel, May 12 at 7:00pm.  Please share this with your contacts! We are excited to share our first ever Virtual Student-Athlete Program Panel: "Legends of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow” presented by NC Farm Bureau Insurance Group.  Confirmed headliners include Class of 2021 NCSHOF Inductees Muggsy Bogues—one of the most celebrated basketball players in Wake Forest University and Charlotte Hornets' history—Debbie Antonelli—famed NC State shooting guard and long-time basketball TV commentator--and Will Shipley--Weddington High School standout. Additionally, Ryan senior writer and co-host of Marty and McGee, which airs on SEC Network and ESPN Radio—will moderate the panel. Student-athletes from all over the state will be invited to listen and ask questions. Register for this free event here!  This event is open to any and all - share the registration link with friends, family and teammates. The school with the most registrants will receive a Hall of Fame Bonus Check for their Athletic Department!
  • Information on access to this live event will be provided to the school contact, as well as posted here on our website.
  • This will be streamed live for the ones able to participate.  We will also record and provide a link to the school contact to share after the event.

Note:  The Induction Banquet will be held July 23rd.  The plan is to have video highlights of the Banquet that can be provided to the school contact in early fall. 

Feel free to contact me ( or 919-604-7136) if you have specific questions. 

Student-Athlete Program Testimonials

NCSHOF Student-Athlete Program, By the Numbers:  2017 was the first year of this program with 188 student-athletes and chaperones in attendance from 22 school systems or schools. In 2018, we had 258 student-athletes and chaperones in attendance from 39 school systems or schools. In 2019, we had 219 student-athletes and chaperones in attendance from 31 school systems or schools.

If you wish to sponsor your county or school for 2021 let us hear from you

Email or call us to learn more about this unique opportunity.  

Bobby Guthrie -

Phone:  919-604-7136

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