The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame’s newest exhibit, Legends of the Hardwood: State Championship-Winning High School Basketball Coaches in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, is now on display in the museum’s rotunda.  Featuring team photos, state championship trophies, and basketball uniforms, the exhibit highlights such legendary Georgia high school basketball coaches as Vienna High’s Joe Jenkins, Lanier High’s Selby Buck, Perry High’s Eric Staples, Taylor County’s Norman Carter, and Southwest (Macon) High’s Don Richardson.  Legends of the Hardwood: State Championship-Winning High School Basketball Coaches in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame will remain on display through April.

The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) is pleased to announce its 2014 Communication Award winners. The 11 winners were presented the ISHY trophy Oct. 28 during the Evening of Champions dinner at the group’s annual conference hosted by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

“Every year ISHA member institutions submit examples of their success engaging their sport heritage community and the annual awards earn recognition as some of the best in our industry,” ISHA Awards Committee Chairperson Paula Homan said. “The 2014 Communication Award winners earn an ISHY trophy and the opportunity to leverage that win into some well-deserved attention within their market.”

The 2014 ISHY winners are:

  • Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame for A Century of Sport in the Finnish Community of Thunder Bay
  • The Paul W. Bryant Museum for Inside the Vault: The Paul W. Bryant Collection
  • National College Baseball Hall of Fame for 2014 College Baseball Night of Champions Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Show
  • 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sport Museum for its Detailed Exhibition Report
  • National College Baseball Hall of Fame for College Diamonds, the Official Magazine of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame
  • San Francisco 49ers for 49ers Alumni Magazine, 2014 edition
  • Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame for its Visitor Guide Brochure
  • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame for its Physical Education Curriculum
  • Kentucky Derby Museum for It’s My Derby fundraising campaign
  • USGA Museum for More than a Game, a short film video
  • Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame for its website,
  • The Best in Show award went to the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame

The 44th annual International Sports Heritage Association conference, titled Setting the Stage for Success, kicked off Monday, Oct. 27 in Nashville, Tenn. The conference is being hosted by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame located in Bridgestone Arena, home to the NHL’s Nashville Predators.

The conference began with a visit to gold-medal sponsor 1220 Exhibits’ headquarters. After a tour of the fabrication areas, 1220’s Doug Zellman, who handles the company’s creation and installation of artifact mounts, led a hands-on session in the art and craft of mount-making.

Zellman showed the different types of artifact mounts 1220 uses in sports museums to support artifacts such as sports balls, golf clubs, helmets, gloves, baseball bats, rings and jerseys with materials such as plexiglass, metals such as brass and aluminum, and acrylic.

The delegates than returned to Bridgestone Arena for a session titled, The Power of Programming led by Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame President Dana Hart and Country Music Hall of Fame Director of Public Programming and Outreach Ali Tonn. The session was sponsored by HealyKohler Design.

The day’s final session was a guided tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame located just steps from Bridgestone Arena. The session was sponsored by the Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Corporation.

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and “Music City” are preparing for the delegates to experience the 44th annual ISHA conference.  Come early, stay late! With such a diverse lineup, Music City’s set list has something great for you and your family!

“The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is truly honored and excited to host the 2014 International Sports Heritage Association Conference,” said Executive Director Dr. Bill Emendorfer. “Nashville is one of the great cities to visit in the United States. Tennessee is a blend of great food, fabulous entertainment and true southern culture. This year’s conference will provide an opportunity to hear exclusive features from experts in a wide range of fields. The conference will set your stage for your success with the help from the many experts presenting at this year’s event.”

The opening session will begin on Monday, October 27, taking the delegates on a behind-the-scenes trip to 1220 Exhibits where a hands-on session in the art and craft of mount-making will take place. The visit will conclude with a catered barbecue lunch, courtesy of our host and Gold Medal Sponsor 1220 Exhibits. The Welcome Reception Monday evening will be held at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, located in the heart of downtown Nashville, with light hors d’ouevres and adult beverages.  This will give you a great opportunity to network with your colleagues, who are facing the same struggles, and challenges you are, and the vendors who are there to help solve them.

The Evening of Champions dinner will be held on Tuesday evening at Bridgestone Arena in the Patron Club Luxury Lounge with keynote speaker Hope Hines, author of In Hines’ Sight: The Ups, Downs and Rebounds of 40 Years in Sports Broadcasting
The final Wednesday session will hit home with all institutions — Where Have All the Women Gone? This session will be presented by Joan Cronan, Athletic Director Emeritus at the University of Tennessee. Cronan helped build and oversee one of the nations most respected and popular women’s programs, which grew to 10 sports and had a multi-million dollar budget. Dr. Amy Baker, Sport Management Associate Professor at Belmont University, will also present on Wednesday. Her topic focuses on the importance of the achievements made by women in sports and how Title IX played a huge role in creating opportunities in all areas of sports and those of us who honor these individuals.

The conference will conclude with the Farewell Lunch Wednesday afternoon. We have the pleasure of hosting Ralph Schultz, President & CEO of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Most importantly, Ralph was very instrumental in taking the Adventure Science Center from off the map to a main attraction in Nashville. He will explore this topic and more as we send you off with a book full of ideas.

October is the perfect time to visit Nashville.  The conference is in the heart of all things music with the County Music Hall of Fame and Honkey Tonk row offering you and your family a chance to see the next great country music star…and maybe a few of your favorites, too.

But Nashville is not just about the music.  While you are here, visit The Hermitage, presidential home of Andrew Jackson, which has more original furnishings than any other presidential home. Check out the winery at Belle Meade Plantation, take a stroll through Edwin and Percy Warner Park or cheer on the hometown teams, the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators.  If you are a foodie, Nashville has 8 restaurants that made Southern Living’s list of 100 Places to Eat Now. And don’t forget the shopping. The nearby Opry Mills mall was named the “Top Shopping Destination in the Southern Region” by Groups Today Magazine and Nashville as a whole was voted #4 of the Best U.S. Cities for Shopping by readers of USA Today and 10Best.

So come to set your stage for success with your Hall, and enjoy all Nashville has to offer!!!

ON YOUR MARKS… Olympic Museum launched a new exhibit design to explore the concept of time. 

olympic museum 2“Chasing Time” explores the relations that sport has with time, beyond timing and measuring instruments.

Time matters in sport. This exhibition explores the experience, the meanings and social implications of time in sport. Sporting time has to be measured and quantified but time also generates excitement and passion and has inspired art, music, film and sculpture. The exhibition combines material to take the visitor on a journey through time and sport, socially, technologically and artistically.

Open 7 days a week in Summer*! Come visit and discover this exciting exhibition!
A schedule of talks and concerts supports the exhibition. Click here for that schedule.


The Olympic Museum, a lesson in history and humanity

As one of the Lausanne’s prime tourist sites, already 100,000 visitors have discovered the new Olympic Museum since it reopened!

The ambition of the museum is to be the heart of the Olympic Movement where visitors can explore the history and heritage of the Games, and the relationship between the Games and society as a whole. The Lausanne Olympic Museum’s collection has some of the most impressive artworks. It’s collection from a legacy that is unique in the world of Olympism and sport.

More than just a place for presenting collections, this is a museum of an idea, a philosophy of life, telling stories in which the human element is the centre of attention. It’s also an extraordinary interactive and virtual experience with of audio-visual and multimedia content. Three levels of completely redesigned galleries incorporate the latest technological innovations, using specially films and interactive displays.

Visitors – from all nations and cultures – arrive at the Olympic Park and ascend the Olympic Walk past sculptures and also a running track. A Poetic, landscaped, historical, contemporary, sustainable and Olympic dimension.

The museum capture the powerful Olympic Story. Make your own journey through The Museum and the Park and be an Olympian for a day ! Click here for official website.

The 44th annual International Sports Heritage Association Conference (ISHA), titled Setting the Stage for Success, is set for Oct. 27-29 in Nashville, Tenn., and registration information is now available. Click here for the link.

The conference, which is being hosted by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, will include educational sessions on topics such as museum programming, interactive technology, recruiting board members, developing partnerships and media relationships, promoting women in sports and more. It also will include a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Evening of Champions dinner featuring guest speaker Hope Hines, a seasoned 40-year professional sports anchor and play-by-play announcer. Additionally, Gold Medal Sponsor 1220 Exhibits will open its doors for a behind-the-scenes tour of its fabrication facility and lead a workshop in the art of creating artifact mounts.

“The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is truly honored and excited to host the 2014 International Sports Heritage Association Conference,” Executive Director Bill Emendorfer said. “Nashville is one of the great cities to visit in the United States. Tennessee is a blend of great food, fabulous entertainment and Southern culture. This year’s conference will provide an opportunity to hear exclusive features from experts in a wide range of fields. This conference will set the stage for success with the help from the many experts presenting at this event.”

ISHA would like to thank its sponsors that help make the Conference possible: 1220 Exhibits (Gold Medal Sponsor); Display Studios and the Canadian Association for Sports Heritage (Bronze Medal Sponsors); Session sponsors 1220 Exhibits, The Media Preserve, Cambridge Seven Associates, The Crowley Company, HealyKohler Design, At Last Communications, Display Studios and Camagine Design; Welcome Reception Sponsor C&C Millwright Maintenance; Communication Awards Sponsor Sparta Pewter; and Conference Grant Sponsor Selago Design.

Get ready for a jam session like no other at the Rockin’ & Racin’ exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. From rock stars to country crooners to rappers, the sport has welcomed all genres of music to rally around the action on the track. Working with record executives like Scott Borchetta and Mike Curb as well as music artist Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down among others, this exhibit features artifacts that truly rock. Artifacts include the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette featured in Brad Paisley’s “Old Alabama” music video, country music star Marty Robbins’ 1964 Plymouth race car, Juan Pablo Montoya’s 2012 No. 42 Chevrolet sponsored by Taylor Swift, the 2003 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 guitar trophy and more. The Rockin’ & Racin’ exhibit will be on display through the end of the year.



Name: Rockin’ & Racin’ Exhibit

Start Date: 6/24/14

End Date: 1/2/15

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily (see for special hours)

Location:  NASCAR Hall of Fame 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone: (704) 654-4400

Price: Admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5.

ISHA to award four grants totaling $5,000 in 2014

NASHVILLE – The International Sports Heritage Association board of directors has voted to increase the number of Conference Grants it awards to its membership from two to three while also doubling the total amount of its Special Projects Grant. Additionally, ISHA will offer complimentary conference registration to five local students interested in sports heritage. The 2014 conference will be held October 27-29 in Nashville, hosted by The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

“Our conference offers our members the opportunity to gather together to network, discuss the state of the industry and to learn from experts on subjects important to all of our institutions,” said ISHA president Rick Walls. “By increasing the number of grants and opportunities for interested students and young professionals to attend, we are showing our commitment to promoting and supporting the sports heritage industry.”

selagoISHA will award two $1,000 Conference Grants with a third sponsored by Selago Design for a total of three $1,000 grants. The Special Projects Grant, which is awarded to an institution working on a project to improve its public service, will increase from $1,000 to $2,000. Links to the applications are below.

2014 Conference Grant application

2014 special projects grant application

“The planning for this year’s conference in Nashville, Tenn., is well underway and will focus on key topics that are sure to be of interest to our member institutions worldwide.  I congratulate the Board for taking this important step and thank everyone who contributed to our Founder’s Fund, which paved the way for this expansion,” Walls added.

The push to invite area students interested in sports heritage and museum studies began with the 2013 conference in Denver and will continue this year in Nashville. ISHA will host five area students for the conference education sessions at no charge.

The grants are supported by ISHA’s Founders Fund, which was established to support long-term initiatives in sports heritage. The organization raises money for the fund through a conference raffle and auction along with an annual campaign seeking donations. Grant applications will be made available in May on the organization’s website, with submission deadlines on July 15.

The International Sports Heritage Association is a non-profit membership organization incorporated in 1971.  The mission of ISHA is to educate, promote and support organizations and individuals engaged in the celebration of sports heritage.  ISHA includes nearly 150 Regular members from countries such as China, New Zealand, England, Switzerland, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States.  In addition, corporations and individuals participate in and contribute to the growth of ISHA as Associate Members.