Athletic Hall of Fame
The mission of the
Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame is twofold:
recognize those individuals and teams that have made significant contributions
to sports and have achieved a high standard of athletic success representing the
honored traditions of the Commonwealth of
To support, in a
meaningful way, Kosair Charities, which does so much toward providing
world-class medical care for thousands of children throughout Kentucky and
Our Class of 2015 was inducted on June 17, 2015, and nominations for the Class
of 2016 are now closed.
Currently we are accepting nominations for our Class of 2017.
The nomination deadline for the Class of 2017 is August 31, 2016. KAHF
nominations are accepted year-round.
Criteria for induction
The by-laws of the Kentucky
Athletic Hall of Fame (KAHF) state, in part, that, “A nominee must either be
a native-born Kentuckian or have achieved, or contributed to, athletic success
that casts favor on the Commonwealth of Kentucky.” The by-laws go on to say
that, “Nominees shall be selected each year by a Selection and Induction
Committee that may include sports writers and sports announcers.” More
specific committee considerations are available upon request, but key among
provisions in the by-laws is that, “All nominations by the Selection and
Induction Committee … must be ratified by the [KAHF] Board of Directors, and
such ratification shall constitute confirmation of the nominees as members of
the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.”
Who is eligible?
any adult athlete, coach or sports-related figure, male or female, amateur or
professional, living or deceased, with a deep-seated Kentucky connection and a
record of high achievement in competitive sports is eligible for
nomination to the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. The nominee need not be
retired from sports. While the
preponderance of inductions comes from the ranks of the major sports, any
athletes who have brought fame and recognition to Kentucky through their
contributions and achievements in sports are eagerly sought for consideration.
(High school athletes will be
considered for the annual
High School Athletes of the Year
recognition, which is held in
conjunction with the Hall of Fame induction
sports are included?
Among past inductees, in addition to numerous football, basketball and baseball
standouts, are a trans-Atlantic rower, a World Cup skier, an Olympic gold
medalist swimmer, championship boxers, gymnasts, golfers, race car drivers,
officials, administrators, sports writers and broadcasters, game announcers,
promoters, trainers, team physicians, jockeys, thoroughbred breeders, and even
the celebrated racehorse Secretariat! Candidates who excel in the newer sports
are sure to emerge soon.
excellence is key!
short, all Kentucky athletic greats will receive consideration when nominated.
It is the intention of this process that nominees will be selected who have
brought enduring fame and honor to Kentucky through participation in sports
on a local, collegiate, national or international basis. Thus, a nominee should
have a clear connection with Kentucky before or during
his or her
period of excellence.
Number of Inductees
Selected Each Year
While no specific number of annual inductions is prescribed, in recent years
induction classes of eight or nine have been characteristic. However, members,
coaches, staff and owners of the 1974-1975 Kentucky Colonels, ABA champions,
were inducted as a group!
Nominations are open to the public and an online form is available for online
viewing and printing out here.
you would prefer to use a word processor program,
the nomination form, including the introductory text and instructions on this
web page, may be downloaded in
RTF (rich text format, which is compatible with most all word processors). Get
may fill out the form and return it by email to the
Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame,
or, even better, you may print it out and mail it in along with supporting
documentation, such as resumes, news clippings, school records and action photos
ATTN: Kentucky Athletic Hall of
P.O. Box 37370
Louisville, KY 40233
637-7696 Fax: (502) 637-7698
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