PHILADELPHIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME TO HOLD INDUCTION CEREMONY IN FEBRUARY.

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The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame will hold its inaugural Induction Ceremony in February at the Sheraton-Society Hill. The event, open to the public, features a silent auction, proceeds of which will benefit Hall of Fame activities including scholarship, internship and youth sports programs.

PHILADELPHIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME TO HOLD INDUCTION CEREMONY IN FEBRUARY. Proceeds to benefit Hall of Fame activities including scholarship, internship and youth sports programs.

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame will hold its first annual Induction Ceremony February 9th at the Sheraton-Society Hill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pat Williams, Vice-President of the Orlando Magic and former General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Founded in May 2002, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Foundation’s vision is to develop a Hall of Fame as a means to preserve and promote the rich history of Philadelphia sports. The ultimate goal is to build a museum in the area to honor Philadelphia's unique sports legacy.

This first group of hall of famers includes Bernie Parent, Bert Bell, Bill Tilden, Billy Cunningham, Bobby Clarke, Chuck Bednarik, Connie Mack, Jack Kelly, Sr., Jimmie Foxx, Joe Frazier, Julius Erving, Mike Schmidt, Paul Arizin, Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Steve Carlton, Steve Van Buren, Tom Gola and Wilt Chamberlain. In addition, Sonny Hill will be presented with the initial Lifetime Commitment Award and Harry Kalas is the inaugural Legacy of Excellence honoree.

“We are proud to honor the legendary sport figures of this Charter Class, while we raise awareness and support for our community program initiatives” said Ken Avallon, founder and president of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Foundation.

In addition to honoring Philadelphia’s sports history, the mission of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, includes community and charitable programs such as youth scholarships, essay contests, internships for needy college students and sports camps for underprivileged youngsters.

To date the Foundation has worked with students from West Chester University, the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and the University of Notre Dame in support and sponsorship roles. Initial scholarships are slated for the September 2004 semester. In addition the Foundation has entered into discussions regarding sponsoring children for the summer of 2004 in the Legendary Blue Horizon’s Nia Kuumba programs and the Atwater Kent Museum’s Phil-A-Kid program.

Attendance at the Induction Ceremony is anticipated by many of the members of the Hall of Fame’s Charter Class. The event, which is open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Dinner follows at 7:30 p.m. concluding with the induction ceremony. Tickets are $150.

Individual reservations can be made by made at http://www.phillyhof.org/reservations. Information regarding event sponsorship and event program advertising is available at http://www.phillyhof.org/program.

For more information, email events@phillyhof.org or call 215.886.6657 ext.1.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Ken Avallon

215.886.6657 ext.3

info@phillyhof.org

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Founded in 2002, it is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Organizations, the Maxwell Club, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums and the International Association of Sports Museums and Halls of Fame. More information about the Foundation is available at http://www.phillyhof.org .

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