Revitalized Florida Sports Hall Of Fame Enshrinement Headed To Orlando

Continuing a five-year resurgence that has reached across the state, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame will stage perhaps its most grandiose night ever when 11 sports superstars, most with central Florida roots, are enshrined into the Hall on Nov. 12 at Amway Center.

“The Florida Sports Hall of Fame is on a mission to take our organization and its incredible list of legendary members to the people of Florida,” said Hall of Fame President Barry Smith. “We are making an impact in every region of the state as we not only honor these great athletes but raise funds and awareness in support of Florida’s youth”

Barry Smith

Hall of Fame President Barry Smith at Orlando’s Amway Center, July 17, 2019

This year’s Orlando fete follows a string of successful enshrinement events that have taken place across Florida from Hollywood to Tampa to Jacksonville to Pensacola. With legendary inductees in recent years including football greats Tim Tebow and Warrick Dunn, coaches Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden, baseball stars Chipper Jones and Johnny Damon, hockey legend Phil Esposito and boxer Roy Jones, Jr., interest and excitement has increased in each successive year.  More than 550 patrons attended last year’s event, held at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. 

“Our events have become lifetime memories as we enshrine many long-deserving hometown legends in front of countless fans, friends and family in the region they have impacted so greatly,” said Wayne Hogan, the Hall of Fame’s Executive Director. “For each city, this is a once-in-a-decade type of gala that celebrates sports greatness and all for a great cause of supporting kids. It’s a true feel-good experience.”

During the last five years, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame has raised nearly $1 million in support of its programs and charities. Among the Hall’s charitable partners are Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, The First Tee, Boys and Girls Clubs and the Florida Citrus Sports Summer Camps. 

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