COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In anticipation of the 2017 ProRodeo Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on August 5, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association opened a historical exhibit on Friday, March 31.

This exhibit is housed in the 101 Gallery and will remain open until September. Visitors can learn the history of the WPRA from when 38 women met in a hotel room in San Angelo, Texas, in 1948 to start the Association called the Girls Rodeo Association (GRA) through the historic 2017 ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductions, that will include barrel racers for the first time ever. In addition, there is a flair for fashion clothing display showing the clothing trends through the years, a look back at the 1988 and 2002 Olympic Command Performance Rodeos held during the Olympic Games in Calgary and Salt Lake City, respectively and a Horsepower section honoring the horses that have been awarded with honors such as AQHA Horse of the Year, Horse With the Most Heart and Rising Star Award.

“I am thrilled with the new partnership between the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and the WPR,” said Kent Sturman, Director of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. “Not only will we now honor the women who excel in the sport of barrel racing, but with this exhibit, we can educate our guests and fans about the history of the WPRA and promote this important segment of the sport of professional rodeo. These outstanding women have been instrumental in advancing this event and they deserve to be celebrated.”

As announced on March 28, the two individuals and one equine partner that will be honored in the inaugural WPRA Hall of Fame class include Wanda Harper Bush, Charmayne James and a joint PRCA/WPRA equine inductee Star Plaudit “Red.” They will be joined by the PRCA inductees which include Buck Rutherford (All-Around), Enoch Walker (Saddle Bronc), Cody Custer (Bull Riding), Tommy Puryear (Steer Wrestling), Mike Beers (Team Roping), Randy Corley (Contract Personnel), Bob Ragsdale (Notable), Smith & Velvet (Livestock) and Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo (Committee).

Bringing symbolism to this new chapter in the history of the PRCA and WPRA is best summed up with the induction of the horse known as Star Plaudit “Red.”

Star Plaudit holds a very unique record in the world of professional rodeo, one that is not likely to ever be duplicated.  The bay gelding won two World Championships in the sport in a single year and contributed to a third, at the age of 12. Red, as he was affectionately known, carried his owner Sherry (Combs) Johnson to the GRA World title in the barrel racing and close family friend Tom Nesmith to the RCA world title in the steer wrestling and helped the Oklahoman also claim the RCA All Around championship, all in 1962.

The ProRodeo Hall of Fame, which is a popular Colorado Springs attraction for rodeo fans and tourists alike, has already inducted 250 people, 27 rodeo committees and 31 animals. The 2017 ProRodeo Hall of Fame Induction Festivities are scheduled for August 3-5 and the actual ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. MT on Aug. 5 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Hall of Fame is currently open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday. Starting May 1 – Aug. 31 they will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. More information can be found at www.prorodeohalloffame.com.

By Justine Kaempfer

While attending graduate school at Penn State I began working at the Penn State All-Sports Museum.  I knew I was interested in museum work, particularly in sports heritage, and figured my studies in sport history paired with some practical experience would be a good start.  At that time I was already a member of a number of academic organizations related to sport, but needed to gain insight into the professional world, and ISHA proved to be the perfect fit.

I attended my first ISHA conference in Nashville (2014).  Everyone was incredibly welcoming and it proved to be very enlightening.  While the workshops, speakers, and presentations were incredibly informative, the most valuable aspect of the conference was the opportunity to meet and network with museum professionals.  Not only were we able to connect on a personal level, but they were a great resource for questions I had about the industry.

The conference also offers the opportunity to meet with other students and emerging professionals, and talk with them about their interests and journey, as well as attend a session hosted by the Board of Directors addressing the needs and concerns of emerging professionals. Furthermore, if you are looking for a way to add to your academic and professional resume, ISHA affords the ability for you to submit an abstract that could be presented at the annual conference.

The conference, however, is really just the tip of the iceberg.   There are plenty of opportunities to network outside of the conference using the mentoring program and the website’s membership access, which provides the contact information for all of ISHA’s members.  You can find out about professional development, as well as pressing issues and new ideas in sports heritage, such as incorporating virtual reality and STEM education, through participation in quarterly Hot Topic calls.  You can add to your professional and academic resume even further by submitting white papers, abstracts, or even your thesis to be posted on the ISHA website.  And finally, the ISHA website and listserv are a hub for internship and job postings and connections.  In fact, the posting for my curatorial internship with the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame was sent through ISHA’s listserv, which ultimately led me to my current position with the organization.

 

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Randy Corley, an 11-time PRCA Announcer of the Year, joins five world champions to headline the 12-member 2017 induction class for the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, which was announced Tuesday.

Corley, along with gold buckle winners including the late Buck Rutherford (all-around, 1954), Enoch Walker (saddle bronc riding, 1960), Tommy Puryear (steer wrestling, 1974), Mike Beers (team roping, 1984) and Cody Custer (bull riding, 1992), will be enshrined with rodeo notable Bob Ragsdale, a 22-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier in three events.

Also, voted in by the selection committee were four-time bareback horse of the year, Christensen Bros.’ Smith & Velvet, and the committee for the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days.

For the first time in the history of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, barrel racers from the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) will be amongst the class of inductees. Their inaugural class will be Wanda Harper Bush, Charmayne James and a joint PRCA/WPRA equine inductee – Star Plaudit “Red.” The class will be inducted Aug. 5 at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“It’s something that’s pretty awesome beyond anything I can say,” Corley said. “Right now, I’m kind of in shock. This is quite an honor, and I do not take this lightly – I can tell you that. Nothing can be any better than reaching this pinnacle, other than taking care of every rodeo that I will continue to do. They are all the reasons I’m in the Hall of Fame.”

Corley has been selected PRCA Announcer of the Year 11 times (1984, 1990-96, 1998, 2003 and 2011). He has also been an announcer at the National Finals Rodeo 15 times (1985-86, 1992, 1994-96, 2007-08, 2010-16).

Puryear qualified for the NFR nine times, eight of which were consecutive, from 1971-78, and then in 1983. The Texas bulldogger also won the gold buckle in 1974 and the NFR average title in 1976.

“It’s really got me kind of speechless, and I’m normally not totally speechless,” Puryear said. “I can’t believe it – I know several of those people (the other 2017 inductees), and knew them well. I even knew the bucking horse well, too, and it’s kind of a coincidence Ogden is there because it’s one of my favorite rodeos – it’s set up well and fit me well.”

Puryear first joined the PRCA in 1970, and now, 47 years later, he’s being recognized as one of the best steer wrestlers in PRCA history.

“Most of those guys down there (in the Hall of Fame) were my heroes – people I’d read about,” Puryear said. “The first rodeo I went to, I was too bashful to even say hi to them – it was unbelievable being around them.”

Rutherford was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame more than half a century after he was topping the world standings across four events – bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and bull riding.

The Oklahoma cowboy was in the Top 5 for the world standings 11 times between 1949-57, and was the 1954 all-around world champion and the first cowboy to ever win more than $40,000 in a single year (approximately $362,235 in 2017 dollars according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Although he never won an individual event championship, he placed second in the bareback riding standings the same year he won the all-around title.

Rutherford twice finished third in the bull riding world standings (1951 and 1954).

Shortly after the 1952 season closed, Rutherford was in a serious car wreck and suffered a life-threatening skull fracture and was unconscious for 15 days. After several months of hospitalization, Rutherford recovered and returned to rodeo to win the all-around title.

His rodeo earnings fell flat after a bad spill slipped a disk in his back in November 1958. He then retired from rodeo and resumed ranching in his hometown until his death at 58 years old on April 28, 1988.

Walker, who won both the 1960 saddle bronc riding world championship and NFR average title, took to the skies in his ascent to ProRodeo fame – qualifying for 10 NFRs during his 20-year tenure with the Rodeo Cowboys Association.

In 1960, the 28-year-old cowboy had been knocking on the door of a gold buckle for years, placing third in 1957, second in 1958 and third again in 1959.

Walker entered the 1960 season with a plan for earning the gold buckle that literally took flight. He teamed up with Paul Templeton, who flew him from one rodeo to the next when his rodeo road trips got too hectic.

Walker arrived at the NFR in Dallas, Texas, leading the pack with $20,832 earned that season by placing 126 times at 56 rodeos and winning 21 rodeos throughout 1960, including Salinas, Calif., and Fort Worth, Texas.

He rode all 10 horses at the NFR in Dallas, placing on five of them – winning the NFR and the world title.

Beers, a heeler, won his world championship while roping with header Dee Pickett, who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2003. Beers qualified for the NFR 23 times in team roping (1980-95, 1997-98, 2000-03, 2007).

“This is like winning the world,” Beers said. “You hear about all these guys like Larry Mahan, Ty Murray, Dee Pickett, Leo Camarillo, Clay O’Brien Cooper and Jake Barnes, and to be put in a category with those guys is a great honor.”

Custer’s eight trips to the NFR and 1992 bull riding world championship win landed him in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

“It wasn’t a call I wasn’t waiting on or expecting – it’s one of those deals I thought about it, but you don’t sit on your hands and wait,” Custer said. “I was overwhelmed and a bit emotional, and didn’t have much to say.”

Custer first joined the PRCA in 1985 and went on to qualify for the NFR from 1987-92, and again in 1998-99. He remained an active competitor through 2002.

“I was just a kid from Arizona who had big dreams to do something in rodeo,” Custer said. “Fortunately for me, I had a Cinderella-type career, and in the middle of it you take it for granted – this kind of recognition means a lot to me – as much or more than winning the world title.”

For most of his adult life, Robert (Bob) Reuel Ragsdale has served the sport of rodeo as a competitor and as an ambassador. On Tuesday, the cowboy they call “Rags” added “Hall of Famer” to his one-of-a-kind résumé.

“Well, it really hasn’t sunk in yet,” Ragsdale said with a laugh. “But it’s something anybody that’s ever rodeoed dreams about. You never think that it could really happen.”

Ragsdale, a 22-time NFR qualifier in steer wrestling, team roping and tie-down roping, recognized he will forever be cemented into history among the legends of the sport he holds so dear.

“To be able to be there with all the world’s champions – I’ve done a lot of different things in the PRCA and RCA – but to be nominated and go into the Hall is unbelievable,” he said.

Ragsdale became the first and only left-handed roper to qualify for the NFR for 15 consecutive years from 1961-75. He also served as both the Vice President and President of the Rodeo Cowboys Association in the early ’70s, and is credited as the one to propose the association include “Professional” to the organization’s formal title.

Bareback horse Smith & Velvet was the definition of a late bloomer.

The horse, which was honored as the PRCA’s top bareback horse four times (1977, as Mr. Smith, and then 1979-80 and 1982, as Smith & Velvet), didn’t become an award-winning bucker until he was into his 20s.

“When I first started bucking him, he would be good for five or six seconds, and then he would spin and stop,” said Bobby Christensen, owner of Smith & Velvet. “A lot of people told me to get rid of him, but instead I turned him out for a few years. I entered him in Oakdale, Calif., and he bucked off World Champion Jack Ward. From then on, I knew I had a good horse, and he took off from there.”

Smith & Velvet died in 1983 in a tragic car accident that killed many of Christensen’s prized NFR horses.

He says the horse was the pride and joy of his rodeo company.

“He went to 25-30 rodeos per year, and was the bread and butter of our company for many years,” Christensen said.

The Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days will celebrate its 83rd year of existence in 2017.

The event has come a long way since its inception in 1934, when Ogden City Mayor Harman W. Peery organized a Western festival to boost the spirits of the locals and entice tourists to visit the city.

“This rodeo was started right after the Great Depression because the community needed it,” said Dave Halverson, the rodeo’s director. “We’ve been in the Top 5 of the best large outdoor rodeo category several times in the past 10 years, and the fans here grab onto that.”

The Ogden Pioneer Days is more than just a rodeo, it’s an event. It includes concerts, parades, farmer’s markets, and, of course, the rodeo at historic Ogden Pioneer Stadium.

“We’re the largest celebration in the state of Utah,” Halverson said. “I know our whole committee and the community will be very excited about being inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

“You just do what you do, and you hope that someday you get that call. But we don’t do this for notoriety, we do it for the community and the state of Utah.”

This year’s Ogden Pioneer Days will take place July 20-24.

On the WPRA side, Bush was multi-talented, becoming the most decorated cowgirl in the history of the WPRA (formerly the Girls Rodeo Association).

When the GRA first formed in 1948, Bush was one of the first to sign-up. All totaled, she won 32 world titles – nine all-around (1952, 1957-58, 1962-65, 1968-69), two barrel racing (1952-53), two cutting (1966, 1969), one flag race (1969), 11 calf roping (1951-56, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966-67) and seven ribbon roping titles (1951, 1953-54, 1956-59). She finished as reserve world champion in the barrel racing three separate times.

While Bush’s barrel racing world titles came before the NFR began, she qualified seven times (1959-60, 1962-65, and 1974) for the NFR during her career.

“That is awesome and really great. We are really proud she will be honored in this way,” said Shanna Bush, Wanda’s daughter, who qualified for the NFR in 1984. “She would be very honored and humbled. She would be very glad to be a part of the Cowboys Association (PRCA) because she always worked for that to be the case. She always wanted them to get along and to better themselves by being associated with each other. This is a very special honor.”

Bush will be inducted posthumously, having passed away Dec. 29, 2015.

Although she had to wait 22 years to join her legendary horse Scamper in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, James is ecstatic to be a part of this historic class.

“I am thrilled to be going in as part of the inaugural class and what this represents for all barrel racers,” said James, who now makes her home in Boerne, Texas. “To be going in with Wanda is very exciting. Wanda was such a pioneer for our sport. Throughout my entire career her presence and forging through on issues with barrel racing was there and evident, and why we are where we are today.

“Scamper has just been waiting for me and I was fine with that as he really deserved the honor. This news made my entire day.”

James, who grew up in Clayton, N.M., the home of the very first barrel racing National Finals Rodeo in 1959, won the first of 10 consecutive world titles at the youthful age of 14 in 1984.

James was the first WPRA member to wear the coveted No. 1 back number in 1987, and became the first barrel racer to cross the $1 million record in career earnings. In addition to the 10 consecutive world titles (1984-1993), James and Scamper won the NFR average title six times (1984, 1986-87, 1989-90 and 1993). In 1996, Scamper became the first and only barrel horse (until 2017) to be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

James would add a cherry on top of her illustrious career returning to the top of the sport aboard Cruiser (Cruisin on Six) in 2002, winning her 11th world title and seventh NFR average title.

Bringing symbolism to this new chapter in the history of the PRCA and WPRA is best summed up with the induction the horse known as Star Plaudit “Red.”

Star Plaudit holds a very unique record in the world of professional rodeo, one that is not likely to ever be duplicated. The bay gelding won two world championships in the sport in a single year and contributed to a third, at the age of 12.

In 1962, Red, as he was affectionately known, carried his owner Sherry (Combs) Johnson to the GRA world title in the barrel racing. The horse also helped close family friend Tom Nesmith to the RCA world title in the steer wrestling, as well as the RCA all-around championship.

Johnson credits the steer wrestling with teaching Red how to run hard through the pattern.

“Lord, that is a blessing and a dream come true for him and I,” Johnson said of Red being inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. “He was a horse of a lifetime, and what he accomplished will never be done again. I had the pleasure of riding him and he had such a big heart. This is just such a wonderful honor.”

Red passed away at the age of 22.

The newly named Canadian Aquatic Hall of Fame is happy to announce that plans are well under way to move back into its former home located in the Royal Gallery that is attached the Pan Am Pool.  Our relationship has come full circle with the City of Winnipeg and a settlement was reached over a year ago that allowed us to sign a new lease agreement for the space.  Amendments have also been made to allow us to use our settlement money to make some major infrastructure upgrades to the 10,000 square foot space.  With the help of our current Mayor (a former University of Manitoba swimmer) we have an amazing team of property administrators, designers and project managers that are dedicated to our project.  Construction started this past January with the goal of being completed for the 2017 Canada Summer Games to be held in Winnipeg this July and August 2017.  The Canadian Aquatic Hall of Fame will be the main entrance for the swimming and diving events so it was crucial that we get moving on our project as soon as possible. Washrooms, new LED lighting, new floors, processing room, curators/admin room, permanent display area and storage are just a few of the upgrades that will take place. Our current plan is to call the Canada Summer Games opening our “pre-opening” with our Grand Opening happening the following summer with an induction ceremony a that time.  It has been nearly a decade since we last had any new inductees nominated for our hall of fame.  The Canadian Hall of Fame is very much looking forward to having a “bricks and mortar” space that will not only showcase our current list of over 100 inductees, but also the nearly 3000 aquatic artifacts that tell the history of swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo in Canada over the last century.

 

Announcing 2017 Inductees

On February 27, 2017, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum announced their 2017 Inductees via three simultaneous Press Conferences in Calgary, Edmonton, and Lethbridge.  These Press Conferences were attended by the Inductees of that area, as well as Honoured Member Alumni.  Albertans contributed to the continuous growth of their sport and are truly deserving of this honour.  Our Inductees are true ambassadors of Alberta and have helped put Alberta on the sports map of Canada and the World.

We invite you to the annual Induction Banquet on May 26, 2017 in Red Deer, Alberta. More than 600 people from across the provinces and United States attend this gala event to honour Alberta’s great athletes, sport builders, pioneers, and media personnel. This event not only acknowledges these great Albertans but it also recognizes the importance of sport in our lives and communities.

Celebrate our 2017 Inductees and mingle with Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Alumni.  It’s an experience you will never forget!

Rick Duff  – Boxing Athlete, Lethbridge
Keltie Duggan – Swimming Athlete, Edmonton
Doug Jones – Baseball Builder, Oyen
John Kucera – Alpine Skiing Athlete, Calgary
Hans Maciej – Tennis Builder, Calgary
Herbert McLachlin – Basketball Builder, Edmonton
Marilyn Palmer O’Connor – Golf Athlete, Calgary
Ryan Smyth – Hockey Athlete, Edmonton
Sharon Trenaman –  Squash Builder, Calgary
1984/85 NAIT Ooks –  Hockey Team, Edmonton
Jeff Hansen – Bell Memorial Award – Sports Writer, St Albert Gazette
Betty Carveth Dunn – Pioneer Award – Baseball Athlete, Edmonton

Servus Free Family Nights

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum announced a new partnership with Servus Credit Union that provides Free Admission for everyone to our family friendly facility on the First Wednesday of every month from 6pm to 8pm.  This initiative has been a lot of fun and we’ve had themes ranging from Collections Tours to Judo demonstrations.  We’re super excited to see this partnership continue to grow and the community to benefit from these opportunities to experience new sports related activities.  Each month has different themes with opportunities to watch and participate in sport demonstrations.  Some of our themes that have already passed include Sledge Hockey, Christmas Crafts, Behind Closed Doors collections tours, and Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds.

The theme for the previous Free Family Night, on March 5, 2017, was Indiginous Games, particularly activities from the Dene and Arctic Winter Game.  Over 100 people joined in the demonstrations to jump and hop across the lobby; all the while, learning about how these games and sport developed through Indigenous culture.

Our next Free Family Night is April 5th, where we will be exploring the world of Unplugged Family Fun! Hula hoop your way through the lobby, score a goal on the tabletop hockey, then venture into the museum to check out the amazing interactive games.  This month is all about Backyard, Basement, and Driveway games for all ages.

Upcoming Free Family Night themes include: Water Safety, Bike Rodeo, Rodeo Games, & Back to School

Family Day

Wow! What’s a busy day for the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.  On Feb 21, 2017, the ASHFM held a special Family Day Fun event.  Kids’ were free and we served hot chocolate and cookies while making a special Family Day craft.  There was lots of laughter throughout the museum as families took part in the interactive games and activities.  The overall attendance was 527 people, excluding the amazing Volunteers who made this day possible.

This exhibit will mark the 150th anniversary of the Paris Crew’s victory in Paris, France on July 8, 1867 and is timed to overlap with celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017. It will explore the many fascinating perspectives of  the Paris Crew story from their early beginnings competing in West Saint John, New Brunswick through to Paris and beyond to competitions in the United States. It will examine the history of rowing in New Brunswick and the many connections between the Paris Crew members and other Honoured Members of the NB Sports Hall of Fame. It will also draw connections to the Paris Crew’s Irish roots and Irish immigration to New Brunswick in the mid 19th century. The exhibit will explore the Paris Crew’s relationship to the Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club and the little known, but tragic stories of the British Rower, James Renforth, after whom Renforth, NB is named. Renforth drowned on the Saint John River while competing against the Paris Crew in an 1871 rematch. In addition, we’ll hear about the untimely death of Elijah Hutton and seven others on the ill-fated sailboat Primrose during a competition for the Corporation Cup in 1894.

Quispamsis, NB – The six new members elected into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame were announced today at a press conference held in Quispamsis.

“We are incredibly proud to announce the Class of 2017, who showcase the talent our province has to offer,” said Clem Tremblay, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame Board of Governors Chair. “We are also very excited to recognize the Town of Quispamsis as the host community for our 48th annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony.”

These six, who have made a lasting impact in their field of sport, will be inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame on May 27, 2017 at the qplex in Quispamsis. The achievements of these inductees will join the legacy of the previous 251 fellow New Brunswickers who have been enshrined into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame since it was formed in 1970.

“I would like to congratulate these elected members of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “Our government believes that through sport, recreation and active living, we can improve the well-being and the quality of life for all New Brunswickers.”

2017 inductees include:

Kimberly Adams-Tattrie of Tide Head is arguably the single most successful progolfer to come from New Brunswick. Her first place win at the Futures Tour in Lakeland, Florida makes her the first New Brunswicker to win a progolf tournament. Her impressive acheivements that ranged from 1991 to 2005 – on the provincial, national and international circuits – have made her one of the most decorated female golfers in Canada. She is also an inducted member of the Campbellton Sports Hall of Fame.

Flood Brothers of Renforth were a highly decorated lightweight pair in rowing throughout the early 1980’s who racked-up three gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the first  three years of competing nationally. Having competed in the Canadian National Rowing Championships, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and FISA they proudly represented their hometown and New Brunswick on the national stage. Brian and Henry Flood also both went on competing individually winning four more gold medals combined in both U.S. and Canadian National Championships.

Team Hanlon of Saint John consists of Heidi Hanlon (Ship), Kathy Floyd (Mate), Jane Arsenau (Lead) and Judy Blanchard (Second). Their thirty year career has led to an impressive resume of provincial, national and world championship titles. Having participated in 15 Scotties Tournament of Hearts national competitions, Team Hanlon has brought New Brunswick to the forefront in competitive curling. Their Senior Provincial, National and World championship titles in 2011-2012 led to their induction into the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Paula Keating of Miramichi is an accomplished Marathon runner, holding numerous provincial records. Her career has spanned over a decade with many accomplishments and firsts in New Brunswick, as well as internationally. For five consecutive years she was named Female Runner of the year by RunNB, and is an inducted member of the RunNB Hall of Fame and the Miramichi Sports Wall of Fame. She continues to challenge herself by participating in the Miramichi Rock n’ Run every year, which she as won every year since 2006.

Ernest Quigley (1880-1960) of Miramichi had a career spanning over 50 years that included coaching, umpiring and refereeing. His love of sports inspired him to be be involved in many disciplines such as baseball, basketball and football. It is estimated that he presided over 15,000 games throughout his career – most notibly when he refereed the very first Olympic basketball game every played at the 1936 Berlin Games. His undeniable passion for sport was recognized by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Kansas University Sports Wall of Fame, State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Hall of Fame .

Jeffrey Scholten of Fredericton has set two world speed skating records throughout his decorated career. His abilities were quickly recognised at a young age, placing first in the Maritime Championships three times in five years. He then went on to represent New Brunswick and Canada, in National and International competitions from 1994 to 1999, both individually and as a team member. In 2000, he was inducted into the Speed Skating Canada Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the 48th annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony may be purchased at the Town of Quispamsis or the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, 503 Queen St., Fredericton, or by calling 506-453-3747.

About the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame

The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization located in the Historic Garrison District of Downtown Fredericton and functions as a seasonal museum which features an interactive virtual sports system, more than 250 original portraits, and hosts numerous exhibits. The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame preserves and celebrates our sports heritage to inspire greatness.

Media Contacts:

James Matthews
Communications and Operations Officer
James.Matthews@gnb.ca
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Executive Director
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Online: www.nbsportshalloffame.com / Facebook: NB Sports Hall of Fame / Twitter: @NBSHF

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma, reopened in 2016 following a $3.8 million complete renovation.

Phase 2 of the renovation included a complete demolition and rebuild of the interior, following a renovation of the entryway and roof in 2015. Manhattan Construction of Oklahoma City was the general contractor and Crafton Tull of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was the architect. Dimensional Innovations of Kansas City designed the exhibit spaces and kiosks.

“It is important to the sport and to us to be able to tell the heroes of wrestling’s stories and inspire a newer generation,” said Smith. “With this renovation we have that technology and ability to bring these legends to life for our guests.”

Upon entering the museum, visitors are greeted with a floor-to-ceiling mural featuring photographs of Jordan Burroughs, Oklahoma State University’s 1930 NCAA Championship team, Ed Peery, Hugh Peery, Rex Peery, Cael Sanderson, Tricia Saunders and John Smith, and the medal platform from the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas.

Each tour begins in the theater with a custom three-minute video, featuring some of the sport’s greatest names and moments, created by RockBox of Kansas City. Resilite donated wrestling mats in multiple colors that were used to create custom benches that are located throughout the museum, including the theater seating.

The greatest names in wrestling are recognized in the John T. Vaughan Hall of Honors. The walls of the Distinguished Members room are lined with the iconic granite plaques that have been presented to honorees since the Hall of Fame opened in 1976. Guests can view memorabilia as well as use electronic kiosks to see biographies and photographs.

A life-size green marble statue, a copy of the classic Greek artwork “The Wrestlers” by Cephisodotus, creates an awe-inspiring moment as visitors enter the Distinguished Members gallery. The original statue is located in the Uffizi gallery in Florence, Italy, and the NWHOF’s version perfectly complements the 180 Distinguished Member plaques displayed in the room.

One of the most popular new features is the opportunity to watch NCAA Championship matches from the 1930s to present day. Visitors can choose matches by year, wrestler or school, allowing them to watch some of the most exciting moments in wrestling on a big screen. Many of these videos are not available to the public except at the NWHOF.

The William S. Hein Library houses wrestling books from around the world, historical documents, including NCAA guides and results, and bound copies of Amateur Wrestling News dating back to 1956.

Wrestling truly is for everyone and the diversity and accessibility of the sport continues to be highlighted through exhibits featuring females, African Americans, Native Americans, and Latino Americans.

The United World Wrestling Hall of Fame area features an electronic kiosk with photographs and biographies of inductees as well as memorabilia from international honorees.

There is also a visitor lounge with a window mural of a wrestling match from the 1960 Olympics contested outdoors in the Forum in Rome, Italy.

The Paul K. Scott Museum of History showcases a portion of the largest collection of wrestling artifacts and memorabilia in the world, including the most collegiate and Olympic wrestling uniforms, and portraits of every United States wrestling gold medalist.

Interactive exhibits feature wrestling moves and a glossary of lingo, as well as a wheel with high school facts and rotating circles providing information about United States Presidents who wrestled.

“There’s something for everyone. For the person who doesn’t know a thing about wrestling, we provide interesting facts and information to help them learn about our sport. For those in the wrestling community, who are very knowledgeable, we give an opportunity to dig a little deeper and gain even more knowledge,” said Smith.

“When you visit the Museum, you will sense not only the hallowed ground for those enshrined in the Hall of Fame, but also the passion of our donors who support this institution.”

For more information on the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum, please visit www.nwhof.org or telephone (405) 377-5243.