The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) announced today that it will present Wichita, Kan., native William I. “Bill” Koch with its Legacy Award during its annual conference hosted by the Kansas Sports Hall Fame on Oct. 23 and 24.

Koch will receive the award at An Evening of Champions, the conference awards banquet held Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Koch is the second recipient of the award, which ISHA created in 2018 to recognize an individual or organization located in the geographical area of the annual conference in order to provide an opportunity for the host to honor a local sports heritage contributor.

“The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame is thrilled to host Mr. Koch back in his hometown to receive the Legacy Award from the International Sports Heritage Association. Mr. Koch’s connection to our organization runs deep and this honor recognizes not only his commitment and contributions to our organization, but his lasting legacy on the landscape of sports heritage,” sad Jordan Poland, President and CEO of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

One of the nation’s greatest business minds and well-known philanthropists, Koch was the winning skipper of the 1992 America’s Cup – the oldest trophy in sports. He also was the winning skipper in the 1990 and 1991 Maxi Yacht World Championships, and the 1994 and 2009 12 Meter World Championships. In 1995, Koch assembled the world’s first all-women’s team to compete for the America’s Cup. His commitment to the women’s team represented a milestone in the recognition and opportunities now provided female athletes in many sports around the world.

The founder and owner of one of the largest privately-owned companies in the world – The Oxbow Group –  Koch attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he earned three degrees and earned four academic honors. He also has three Honorary Doctorate degrees, including from Washburn University and Haskell University in Kansas. At MIT, Koch also played varsity basketball and participated in track and field, and rugby.

As the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oxbow Carbon LLC, Koch’s business acumen set the stage for the company’s unprecedented growth, making it the world’s largest marketing company of fuel grade and calcined petroleum coke. With annual sales of $4 billion, and offices across the globe, Oxbow Carbon is the world’s largest producer of calcined coke, a key ingredient in the manufacturing of aluminum, and a key supplier of sulphur, sulphuric acid and fertilizers. Oxbow also started and built an alternative energy business domestically and internationally.

Ranked as one of the 25 most generous individuals in the United States by The Journal of Philanthropy in 2011, Koch may be best remembered for his mission to help less fortunate children receive a high-level education. Over the years, Koch has contributed money, time, and energy to help individuals, teachers, and classrooms get the support they have needed. Additionally, Koch started an advanced high school in Florida.

Koch has received numerous state nd national awards for his commitment to charities in his home state and around the country. He founded the Koch Crime Commission for the state of Kansas. He received the Medal of Outstanding Citizenship from the City of Wichita, the Karl Menninger Award, and the Governor of Kansas Appreciation Award. His generosity also included funding the Wichita Boathouse – headquarters for the Wichita River Kids Club, which taught sailing, kayaking and canoeing. The Wichita Boathouse is now home to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and Koch has been an instrumental supporter of the organization since his induction in 2004.

He was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame in 1993, was awarded the New York Yacht Club Medal of Honor in 1993, and named Kansan of the Year in 1993 and 1994. In addition to being Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Mr. Koch has been inducted into the Culver Academy Athletic Hall of Fame (1994), the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame (2016), and the National Sailing Hall of Fame (2018). Mr. Koch is an Honorary Admiral in four Navies, including the state of Kansas.

The National Ballpark Museum & The Japanese American Resource Center

Present

JAPANESE AMERICAN BASEBALL A SHARED EXPERIENCE”

 

When: Saturday, July 27, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Where: History Colorado Center, 1200 N Broadway, Denver 80203

What:  Japan adopted baseball in the 1870’s and the game enjoys a rich history and tradition to this day. Baseball serves as a bridge between the two cultures, as it embodies Japanese values such as harmony, perseverance and self-restraint, while sharing the ideals and the spirit of America’s pastime.

Guest speakers are well known and respected Japanese baseball historians who will revisit historical events and discuss current developments in Japanese American baseball.

Who:

Kerry Yo Nakagawa:  Curator of the “Diamonds in the Rough” an international exhibit displayed at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and in Tokyo.  He wrote the book “Through a Diamond, 100 Years of Japanese American Baseball in California.”  He also produced the movie “American Pastime”, the independent film which won “audience favorite” in San Francisco in 2007.

Dan Evans:  Evans knowledge and appreciation of Japanese baseball is a product of nearly four decades in baseball, with the product of immersion into Pacific Rim baseball culture over a period of 20 years.  As the Dodger’s GM (2001-2004) his international baseball savvy developed during the team’s successful reorganization that began in 2001.  Evans significantly elevated the team’s Asian footprint, continuing to do so during his time with the Mariners and Blue Jays.

 

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program is a unique and valuable program for young Australian athletes. Applications are now open for the 2020 Program – closing Sunday 7th July 2019.
I write to encourage your distribution and promotion of the application information through your national, state, regional, club and coaching networks as well as promotion through your social media channels.
Since 2006, the Program has provided over $350,000 in $5,000 annual sporting grants to 73 young Australian athletes across 34 sports.
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program consists of:
* One-on-one personal mentoring by an Inducted SAHOF Member
* A $5,000 sporting expenses grant
* On stage presentation of the Scholarship at the SAHOF Induction & Awards Gala Dinner

The highlight of the program is that each Scholarship Holder is personally mentored by a Member of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Mentors have included over 50 Australian sporting greats including; Dawn Fraser AC MBE, Louise Sauvage OAM, Adam Gilchrist AM, Karla Gilbert OAM, Catherine Freeman OAM and Nick Farr-Jones AM.
The mentoring aspect is a ‘money can’t buy’ opportunity. It has delivered in many cases, a profound impact on our past and present Scholarship Holders.
Note: the mentoring role is designed to bring in a worldly view of what it takes to compete at the highest level.

Watch a few past and present Scholarship Holders experiences below:
Poppy Starr Olsen, Skateboarding, 2018 Scholarship Holder (Mentor: Layne Beachley AO, Surfing)
Anabelle Smith, Diving, 2009 Scholarship Holder (Mentor: Debbie Watson OAM, Water Polo)

 

https://www.sahof.org.au/scholarships/nomination-information/

 

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to announce a new display dedicated to High School Girls Basketball. The new exhibit features a 75-inch interactive touchscreen that highlights the most recent state champions from across the United States. The display showcases each state champion for each state and includes a team roster, a team photo, and more for each champion. Each year in May the display will be updated with the newest year’s champions.

 

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame opened in June 1999 in Knoxville, TN. It is the only facility of its kind dedicated to all levels of women’s basketball. The mission of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is to “honor the past, celebrate the present, and promote the future” of women’s basketball.

The ProRodeo Hall of Fame had two special guests arrive Wednesday, June 19 as part of its live animal display at the Hall again in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Powder River Rodeo’s saddle bronc horse Bartender and bareback/saddle bronc horse Diamond Mine were welcomed to the grounds. Both horses are 25 years old and retired from ProRodeo competition in 2012. Powder River Rodeo is headquartered in Riverton, Wyo.
The horses will be at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame until mid-September.
The exhibit will be in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame barn and will be accessible by the public (including handicapped accessibility) during regular museum hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (MDT) seven days a week through August, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday in September.
“The Rodeo Livestock Exhibit is very popular with our guests,” ProRodeo Hall of Fame Director Kent Sturman said. “We appreciate Powder River Rodeo’s willingness to help with this project. Their horses are some of the best in the business, and we are honored to have Bartender and Diamond Mine with us for the summer.”
The mission of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy exists to educate the public about rodeo, its history and its impact on Western American culture.
Bartender was selected to compete at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo seven times. The mare also competed at the National Circuit Finals Rodeo and Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo many times. She was selected as the Mountain States Circuit Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year. Lipstick N Whiskey, Bar Keep, Bar Maid, Double Feature, all sisters to Bartender, also competed at the Wrangler NFR. Bay Rum, a 1995 Wrangler NFR selection, is Bartender’s mother, and Cut The Cards, a three-time NFR selection, is Bartender’s father. Cut The Cards is the father to Miss Congeniality (the 2005 and 2007 PRCA saddle bronc horse of the year) and Craig at Midnight (the 2016 PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year and top bareback horse at the 2017 Wrangler NFR).
Diamond Mine was selected to compete at the Wrangler NFR in 1999 and took part in many National Circuit Finals Rodeos and Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeos. Diamond Mine’s sister is B80 Night Train, a Wrangler NFR qualifier. Cut The Cards also is Diamond Mine’s father. Diamond Mine’s offspring include Double Take, a four-time Wrangler NFR qualifier, and Look Again, a three-time Wrangler NFR qualifier.

2019 NOVA SCOTIA SPORT HALL OF FAME INDUCTION NIGHT
On Friday, November 15, the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Night will take place at the Halifax Convention Centre. Five athletes and two builders will be celebrated for their outstanding contributions to Nova Scotia sport, including another Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame first!
These inductees include arguably Nova Scotia’s greatest female basketball and soccer players, the most beloved player ever to compete with the Halifax Mooseheads, the province’s biggest rugby star, two incredibly dedicated builders and promoters of local sport, and our first ever Special Olympics athlete. A force to be reckoned with in the sport of power lifting, highly decorated Special Olympics athlete Jackie Barret will make history joining the Hall of Fame this year.
Barrett will be inducted with the all-time leading scorer for Canadian women’s university basketball, Justine Colley; varsity and national team soccer superstar Suzanne Muir; Mooseheads legend and NHL player Jody Shelley; and, the record-holder for the most caps as a Canadian rugby scrum half, Morgan Williams. In the builder category, long-time Little League coach, baseball manager and community hero Henry Boutilier, along with international basketball official and mentor Roger Caulfield, will also be inducted on November 15.
The evening will be hosted by Hall of Fame CEO Bruce Rainnie. As master of ceremonies for the 21st consecutive year, Rainnie is excited to showcase this distinguished class of inductees with his friendly and entertaining interview style.
Tickets for the 2019 Induction Night are on sale now at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. Call 902-404-3343 to place your order.

The National Mascot Hall of Fame (MHOF) celebrated its Inaugural Induction Weekend June 14-16, 2019 in Whiting, Indiana (just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago)! As the new home for the unsung heroes of sports, we celebrated the induction of our 2019 HOF Class including The Nittany Lion from Penn State University, Tommy Hawk from the Chicago Blackhawks, Sluggerrr from the Kansas City Royals, and Benny the Bull from the Chicago Bulls. They join an elite group of 17 previously inducted mascots, 12 of which were on hand this weekend to help inaugurate their new hall of fame home and celebrate the new inductees.

The weekend began with an Opening Reception on Friday evening, June 14th. Reggy, the official mascot of the Mascot Hall of Fame, introduced the 2019 Inductee Class before a crowd of MHOF guests, members, and sports industry executives, including current and former mascot performers. The weekend continued Saturday with a members-only breakfast hosted by Reggy where the 4 inductees mixed and mingled with the attendees. Saturday culminated in an all-day mascot-fest inside the MHOF museum walls. As many as 19 pro and collegiate sports mascots were on hand throughout the day inside the MHOF and outside at the 2-day Mascot HOF Fan Fest being held on the adjacent street to the MHOF.

The weekend was highlighted by the shortest parade on Earth – an entire 800 feet from Oil City Stadium to the MHOF – with mascots arriving on foot to the stage in preparation for the official Induction Ceremony to honor our four 2019 inductees. All mascots, including previously inducted ones, were honored with their very own personalized Mascot HOF ring to commemorate their membership to the Hall of Fame.

 

Over 1,500 visitors, members and sports fans joined us throughout the weekend from across the country to participate in the celebration. You can watch the entire Induction Ceremony, which was broadcast live on Facebook Live, on our YouTube Channel – https://youtu.be/Oi9pS0jXeEc

 

For more information on the Mascot Hall of Fame, visit www.mascothalloffame.com.

 

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame has had a busy start to the summer.
Our newest exhibit, Evolution of Sport, opened on June 6 and takes visitors through the history and evolution of the tools of the trade for numerous sports. Using artifacts from our permanent collection, visitors can see the progression of safety equipment and sporting implements from the 19th century to today as technology and new materials changed the sports we play.
The exhibit also features a touch table which allows visitors to interact with some vintage equipment to get a better feel for how sports were played in the near and distant past. The exhibit will run until August 17.
Our Creating Active Champions program begins on July 2 for another year. The program is offered over seven weeks for students between the ages of 4-12. Over their 90-minute stay, guests will learn some of Saskatchewan’s sports history while also taking part in physical activities on our multi-sport simulator, adaptive curling rink and also playing games outside in Victoria Park adjacent to the Hall.
The program is offered twice a day until August 16. Available spaces were more than 70 per cent full in advance. Thanks to our community and sports agency sponsors, each child will receive a gift bag with equipment to help them stay active and other sports-related goodies.
After a long winter, we kicked off the warmer weather by hitting the road with our mobile exhibit trailer as part of our Never Give Up program.
The program and trailer toured schools in the province with SSHF inductee Ted Jaleta who shared his inspiring story with the students. Jaleta fled the Ethiopian Civil War after being shot, imprisoned and tortured before escaping and settling in Canada in 1982.
The Never Give Up program began in 2011 and has featured a number of Saskatchewan sports personalities over the years who have shared their stories of overcoming obstacles and hardships to achieve their success.