About Us

What is the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame?

It is a non-profit organization founded in 1963, to perpetuate the memory of athletes, male and female, who have brought lasting fame and recognition to the State Area through their athletic achievements.

Also, eligible for such distinction are those individuals who have brought similar recognition to Pennsylvania through their contributions to sports in general; in managerial, promotional, or other dedicated services.

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The South Central Chapter of PA was founded in 1979 at the urging of William “BILL” Minnick, former head football coach at Shippensburg High School and ardent sports enthusiast in this area.

Today the chapter has a membership of 141 dues paying members. A format for meetings has been established to include chapter activities, speakers, films, etc.  The chapter holds an annual induction of individuals to the area’s Hall of Fame as well as recommendations of admission to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Since 2001, the South Central Chapter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame is proud that it has been able to award over $49,000 dollars in scholarship funding to local area High School Athletes .

The chapters goal is to promote good will, fellowship, and mutual respect among the athletes and sport fans in its communities.

The South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame is proud to present its 40th group of Hall of Fame inductees.

The credentials of these individuals establish them as most worthy of this honor. The influence they have had on young men and women has been lasting. The accomplishments achieved in their respective athletic endeavors mark them as truly outstanding sports personalities.

In 39 years the South Central Chapter has inducted 217 individuals into its Hall of Fame. Seven of these individuals have been inducted into the State Hall of Fame in future years.



“A Hall of Fame is a lot more than an overblown closet for some old relics. It is intended to be repository for all things great about a sport old relics. It is intended to be a repository for all things great about a sport its movements, its men, its methods. Most of all, it is supposed to be about Hall of Famers who define the quality of athletics, who lead the right kind of life, a life of integrity, for which there is no compromise.”

Paul J. Boltz, President Emeritus
Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame


Taken time to live-
–That is what time is for.
Take time to work-
–It is the price of success.
Take time to play-
–It is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to be friendly-
–It is the road to happiness.
Take time to laugh-
–It is music of the soul.
Take time to be courteous-
–It is the mark of a gentlemen.
Take time to pray-
–It becomes a source of eternal truth.

South Central Chapter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame “Region”

The South Central Chapter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame includes the Susquehannaregionalscentral Valley but reaches Lancaster/Reading to the East, Altoona/State College to the West and York/Chambersburg to the South. Our counties in PA are:

Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Lancaster, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder, Union, York.

A few of the of the towns and cities in this region are: Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, Shippensburg, State College, Gettysburg, Carlisle, Reading, Altoona, Hershey, Lebanon, Bedford, Millersburg, Huntingdon, Chambersburg, Millerstown, Newport, Lewistown, Hanover, Greencastle, Camp Hill, Duncannon, Clearfield …and many more are not mentioned but certainly included!