We owe a debt of gratitude to Carter Godwin Woodson, who in 1926 pioneered the celebration of “Black History Week”, which was designated for the second week of February, to coincide with marking the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Expanding to the entire month starting on February 1, 1970 as a result of the efforts of the Black United Students and Black educators at Kent State University. Beginning with President Gerald Ford in 1976, every US President has designated February as Black History Month.
MCSHF recognizes that the history of sports in Montgomery County would be incomplete without celebration of the accomplishments of its black and brown athletes, coaches and other contributors. Our society has not always gotten it right when it comes to racial equality and racial justice, but sports has historically been a catalyst if not a leader in the way to bridge gaps, break barriers and advocate for justice. We at MCSHF set inclusiveness as the cornerstone to our efforts. Black History gives balance to American History. In the words of Shaquille O’Neal, which applies to us at MCSHF, “We’re Too Great To Hate.”
On February 24th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, the AARP is presenting a One Day University Lecture Series – A Different America: A Sports & Civil Rights 50 Year Retrospective. Additional information and registration can be found on their website here. Membership is not required.
The nomination period for 2021 is now closed. Thank you to all those who sent in nominations! Stay tuned for an announcement in early March to see who will be inducted into the 2021 Class of the Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame!
Meet the Class of 2020!
The 2020 Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Congratulations to all of the 2020 inductees! More information on the 2020 Class of the Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame can be found here. And, thank you to all of those that participated in our online auction!
Black Lives Matter
A Message from the Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame:
Our country continues to face its long history of racism, injustice and inequality. Our African-American community faces this every day. We must all work together to create meaningful change in our society. We can no longer ignore or be silent with the inequities that exist. We must speak up and speak out.
The Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame (MCSHF) mission is to honor and recognize significant achievement in sports in Montgomery County and to build a better community through sports. We respect and value the dignity of individuals of color. We are committed to inclusion and equality. Every person, regardless of color, gender, or creed, should have equal access to opportunities in our society. As an organization, we have a responsibility to speak up when we see actions that do not support our values.
Click here to read about the Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame’s first class!
Thank you for your interest in the MCSHF. Our first induction was held Sept. 13 as Katie Ledecky, Dominique Dawes, Shawn Springs, Bob Milloy, Bruce Murray and posthumously Walter Johnson were inducted as the inaugural class.
Building a Better Community Through Sports. Our vision is to inspire all athletes to redefine the meaning of success.
The Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame (MCSHF) honors and recognizes, by public acknowledgment and commemoration, those individuals, teams, coaches, managers, organizations, and supporters who merit recognition and distinction for their outstanding contributions through inspiring achievements and leadership in sports and athletic endeavors in Montgomery County, Maryland and beyond. MCSHF endeavors to build and make available and support sports and programs in our county and to cultivate pride in the achievements of local awardees throughout our community.
The Purpose of MCSHF is to preserve the memory and achievements of its inductees and serve the community by supporting programs and activities sponsored by the Hall of Fame through its fundraising efforts to foster principles of good sportsmanship, tolerance, and leadership.
Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame recognizes, appreciates, respects, and values differences and the unique contributions of others’ talents, backgrounds, customs, and worldviews. On these grounds, MCSHF is committed to programs and policies that promote and ensure fair and equitable opportunities, benefits and resources for all persons associated with MCSHF. In accordance with the generally accepted policies of affirmative action and equal opportunity, MCSHF will not discriminate based on sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, ancestry or national origin in the conduct of its programs and will promote an inclusive environment for all participants and fans.