FSHF Enshrines 10 New Members
A sold out Amway Center in Orlando was the scene as the Florida Sports Hall of Fame (FSHOF) enshrined 10 new members to its ranks on Nov. 12, including Pat Williams—the man widely credited with bringing major league sports to Orlando.
“Without question, the Amway Center was the most fitting place to welcome this class that included both Pat Williams and former Magic player Nick Anderson,” outgoing FSHOF President Barry Smith said. “Without Pat Williams there would be no Amway Center, there would be no Orlando Magic and in all reality there would be no professional sports in Orlando.”
Williams, who spearheaded the effort in 1989 to convince the NBA that Orlando was indeed a viable expansion city, would then spend the next 30 years serving the organization in various roles — including General Manager and Vice President. He was voted one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history.
About the Florida Sports Hall of Fame
The Florida Sports Hall of Fame recognizes and honors Florida’s greatest sports figures and events, and leverages this collective celebrity to promote fitness awareness, education and sports activities among our state’s youth and adults. Equally important is the promotion of the qualities of discipline and honor among sports participants.