TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida Sports Hall of Fame (FSHOF) announced the class of 2012 inductees, “Fame for Fitness Award” recipient and its latest programs at a press conference held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum at 10 a.m. today.
Roland Martin, Alonzo Mourning, Dick Anderson, Henry Lawrence, Gary Koch, Dave Roberts, Joan Joyce, Russ Cozart, George Smith, Vince Coleman, Fred McGriff, Kelly Slater and Charlie Ward are the 2012 inductees. Enshrined members must meet the FSHOF criteria, which includes being born in the state of Florida or making his or her mark competing in the state of Florida.
Additionally, it was announced that Ryan Nece will be awarded the “Fame for Fitness Award,” which is awarded annually to athletes in recognition of outstanding contributions and commitment to fighting childhood obesity and children’s diabetes.
“These athletes represent the highest level of athletic achievement. The FSHOF provides a venue wherein fans can enjoy these shining stories for now and into the future, and best of all admission is free,” says Barry Smith, president of Florida Sports Hall of Fame Marketing.
Three new programs were also introduced at the press conference including, “Athlete of the Month,” “Patrons Program” and a monthly online sports memorabilia auction. The “Athlete of the Month” award is fan-nominated, and showcases any athlete, amateur or professional, male or female, of any age, who is a Florida resident. Fans can nominate an athlete on the FSHOF website, and a special panel of enshrined members, staff and local media will review nominations and vote to determine the award winners.
The “Patrons Program” consists of three levels of participation and was created to unite grassroots fans of all sports in the state of Florida with FSHOF enshrined members. Through the “Patrons Program,” friends, corporations and partners will conduct community-based events across the state of Florida to raise funds to fight childhood obesity and promote children’s diabetes awareness.
FSHOF also announced a partnership with Bidding For Good, a charitable e-commerce company that connects fundraisers, shoppers and businesses, to implement an online sports memorabilia auction platform that will raise funds towards childhood obesity and children’s diabetes awareness projects.
FSHOF celebrates the 51st annual enshrinement at an invitation-only reception on March 19, 2012, a legends golf scramble at Avila Golf & Country Club and a hall of fame dinner and enshrinement at Mainsail Suites on March 20, 2012. The public can purchase tickets online at the FSHOF website. Individual seats are available for $125 and individual tables, 10 seats, are available for $1,000.
Sports enthusiasts can enjoy viewing memorabilia from 205 athletes for free by visiting the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in Auburndale, Florida.
Florida Sports Hall of Fame (FSHOF) was founded in 1961 by the Florida Sports Writers Association and is home to some of the most prominent figures in sports history. Since its inception, FSHOF has inducted 205 athletes and its goal is to offer fans a single platform to enjoy memorabilia from a variety of sports including MLB, NASCAR, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, PGA and professional wrestling. For more information, please visit: FloridaSportsHallofFame.com.