Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
Mission: To Honor .... Educate .... Inspire
Founded in 1961 by the Legislature as a part of the Kansas Centennial celebration, the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame mission is to honor those whose involvement in sports brought pride to themselves, their communities, and the entire state of Kansas and to educate and inspire future generations of Kansans to achieve greatness. Each year, the Hall of Fame conducts its annual induction ceremony at the Wichita Boathouse where honorees, families, fans and the public gather to honor the incoming class. The Hall of Fame also conducts the "Pride of Kansas" awards program which recognizes outstanding achievement by Kansas coaches, athletes, contributors and teams in individual ceremonies held year-round throughout the state. Next to induction, the Pride of Kansas Award is the highest honor given by the Hall of Fame.
Youth Programs To Educate and Inspire
The Hall of Fame mission to educate and inspire the youth of Kansas is accomplished through the hosting of numerous events held throughout the year. Many programs include youth interacting with KSHOF inductees and other outstanding sports figures. Activities and educational materials are an important part of the Hall of Fame's mission to educate and inspire. Partnerships with other youth organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Clubs provide an exciting platform for the Hall of Fame to reach the youth of the state.
Historic Wichita Boathouse - Headquarters of the Hall of Fame
Headquartered in the historic Wichita Boathouse in downtown Wichita, the Hall of Fame is the state's center for honoring greatness in athletes, coaches and teams and for preserving the state's rich sports history and record performances. The Boathouse is also a popular venue rented for private parties, weddings, business meetings and training seminars, watch parties, small trade shows, and press conferences. First floor exhibits include the official portraits of all of the enshrinees in the State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and displays featuring historic Kansas artifacts. The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame's "Walk of Fame" featuring commemorative pavers at the front entrance to the Boathouse is planned for installation during the summer of 2013. Situated on the grounds outside the Boathouse is the Jayhawk yacht, one of the yachts utilized by Bill Koch and his America3 team which won the America's Cup race in 1992.
Official Kansas High School State Records
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame maintains the official Kansas high school all-time state records and state championship results. Recognized as the official standard by the KSHSAA and the media, state records maintained include top performances for teams, athletes, and coaches as well as a compilation of every state champion crowned in every sport by the KSHSAA.
Looking To the Future
Special events, inductions, Pride of Kansas awards ceremonies and youth programs are all integral parts of the initiatives aimed at providing statewide educational outreach programs. The Hall of Fame is operated by a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation under the governance of a Governor-appointed Board of Trustees