Mason County Sports Hall of Fame
Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Organization, contributions are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. Member of International Sports Heritage Association.
Class of 2018 Inductees:
Ludington High School - Inductee
Mason County Eastern - Inductee
Custer High School - Inductee
Baseball, Basketball, Track & Field
Mason County Central - Inductee
Ludington High School - Inductee
Cross Country, Track & Field
The Mason County Sports Hall of Fame (MCSHOF) currently located at Historic White Pine Village now has a new vision and a future new home. After eleven years of honoring Mason County people who have made extraordinary contributions to area athletics, the board is announcing an expanded mission in a new facility in downtown Ludington. The new sports museum & center will be located in the former PNC building at the corner of Ludington Avenue and Harrison St. The official name will be determined at a later date.
MCSHOF President, Vic Burwell states, “The board is extremely proud of what has been accomplished in the past through the recognition of individuals and teams who have contributed to the history of local athletics. With the acquisition of the new facility, we will now have the opportunity to greatly expand our ability to recognize our athletic heritage, preserve our legacy and celebrate the positive influence that athletics has on our daily lives – and do it in a fun way.”
The former PNC building location was made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor. The new facility will include the MCSHOF and many other attractions with interactive elements designed to educate and entertain visitors.
According to city manager John Shay, “The new use for the old PNC bank building is a wonderful addition to downtown Ludington giving residents and visitors another compelling reason to spend time and money in the central business district.” The new museum-sports center will join the Mason County Library, the Children’s Museum and the Arts Center, providing four cultural experiences and entertainment, all in close proximity.
“We are aware that this new project is a significant undertaking,” states Burwell. “We will be involved in a major fundraising effort that will pay for the conversion of the interior of the building into a facility that can tell the important story of athletics while offering a great visitor experience. It will take a generous amount of money and the help of a lot of good people. Lucky for us, Mason County has a lot of good people.”
More information will be available at later date.
Another big step in prep for Mason County Sports Hall of Fame’s Sports Center in downtown Ludington – design firm selected
Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – Ludington Daily News
The Mason County Sports Hall of Fame (MCSHOF) Board of Directors has taken another major step forward to develop the Sports Center in downtown Ludington. A nationally acclaimed consulting firm, HealyKohler Design, has been hired to provide guidance in planning, exhibition design, budget development, funding, and marketing.
Terence Healy, principal of HealyKohler Design, will lead the project. His resume’ is extensive and includes many sports oriented projects including the National Baseball Hall of Fame and several state Sports Hall of Fame and Museums. He has received the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Presidential Award and other recognition awards for the American Institute of Graphic Artists.
“We know how important the visitor experience is for the success of the Sports Center, and Mr. Healy and his team have the credentials to help us create a very special attraction.” stated Vic Burwell, President of the MCSHOF. “The Sports Center will focus on the important role that sports plays in our lives. We will have fun, interactive exhibits, and we plan to tell the personal stories of athletes who have experienced the thrill of victory and/or the agony of defeat. These powerful stories contain lessons for life that we hope will educate, inspire and motivate everyone who visits the Sports Center.”
Mr. Healy visited Ludington and met with MCSHOF leadership to gain a better understanding of the concept and the group’s expectations for the Sports Center. Healy stated, “I am excited about the powerful theme of personal sports stories and life’s lessons. We are looking forward to the creation of a truly memorable visitor experience that will add to the Ludington Area’s identity as a great place to live and visit.”
The Mason County Sports Hall of Fame is currently located at Historic White Pine Village at 1687 S. Lakeshore, Ludington, MI but will be relocated to a special area in the new Sports Center dedicated to remembering the achievements and stories of Mason County athletics.