Mason County Sports Hall of Fame

Welcome to the page of the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame. Our vision to Recognize outstanding athletes & contributors. Share memories, preserve legacies, instill life lessons, and add value to our community in unique ways.

Curious what our banquets are all about? Check out our previous two years inductees at the links below! They are two impressive groups of athletes and supporters!

2019 Banquet: 2019 Inductees

2018  Banquet: 2018 Inductees

 

 

Class of 2019 Inductees:

Steve Schoenherr

2019
Ludington High School - Inductee

Basketball

Jeff Henry

2019
Mason County Central - Inductee

Wrestling

Rebecca Jensen Dilanni

2019
Ludington High School - Inductee

Tennis

Rachel Jensen Faucett

2019
Ludington High School - Inductee

Tennis

Erica Bieniek

2019
Mason County Central - Inductee

Harrie Volkers

2019
Ludington High School - Inductee

Basketball

Dr. Bill Anderson

2019
- Inductee

Contributor

Mason County Sports Hall of Fame to Sell PNC Building
Posted: Wednesday, November 16th, 2018 – Ludington Daily News

Mason County Sports Hall of Fame to remain at Historic White Pine Village and sell the PNC property.

The Mason County Sports Hall of Fame (MCSHF) Board of Directors recently announced they will not be moving from their current location at Historic White Pine Village to the former PNC building in downtown Ludington. This decision was researched in great depth over the past year, and it was determined by the board of director that the project was not economically sustainable in the long term.

The purpose of MCSHF is to honor, recognize, and preserve the achievements of area athletes, as well as inspire and educate future generations. The organization has become a positive asset in our community, and we hoped to expand our vision with the development of a new Sports Center in downtown Ludington, combining our athletic history with “life lessons” learned through sports. Our vision was to create another significant cultural attraction with a strong visitor experience that would appeal to residents and visitors alike.

The original opportunity to consider moving the MCSHF to downtown Ludington was made possible by an anonymous philanthropist who provided the resources for the organization to purchase the former PNC building. That philanthropist’s faith and confidence in the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame represents a huge statement of trust in our purpose and vision. It is exceptionally rare when a non-profit cultural organization acquires a prime piece of real estate debt free.

We knew our project was ambitious for a small community. As national data confirms that non-profit cultural organizations generate only 50 percent of their operating budgets through admissions.  They most often fill the revenue shortfall through annual philanthropic financial contributions and grant awards.

After the purchase of the old PNC building, the board engaged a highly experienced consulting firm to flesh out the anticipated programs and to present a cost estimate for the development of the new facility.  A pro-forma budget projecting revenue and anticipated expenses was developed.  We then presented our plans and aspirations to Mason County leaders and potential donors. All were impressed with the vision of the project, yet each independently raised concern for our ability to sustain this ambitious project.

It was after significant collaborative input and analysis from the community, that the MCSHF Board of Directors decided that the Sports Center concept was not sustainable, without significant risk to our organization, and other non-profits competing for similar financial assistance in our area.

The Sports Center evaluation process has resulted in a future expanded vision for the MCSHF. The concept of connecting the celebration of local athletics with Life Lessons defines the new purpose of the organization. We also want to develop methods to educate area residents and visitors about the positive influence athletics has on our local community and society in general.

A decision to place the PNC building for sale was made at the recent MCSHF Board of Directors meeting. Pursuing our expanded vision will include strategic discussions with the Mason County Historical Society.