Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame

HOF_logo_Registered.jpgThe Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame was created in 1955 by the NSGA Board of Directors to honor the pioneers, innovators and leaders who built the sporting goods industry and to help recognize and encourage excellence within the industry.

Members of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame

Candidates must be an industry manufacturer, sporting goods retailer or team dealer, or an industry influencer. The criteria for manufacturers to be elected to the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame include the development and successful production of products that significantly improve sports performance and the introduction of important safety factors for sporting goods products. All innovations must be substantiated. Retailers/dealers must demonstrate innovation and leadership as well as participation in industry-wide activities. Monetary success is not a determining factor. Industry Influencers must have made a significant contribution to a program, organization or service directly impacting the sporting goods industry or have promoted the public’s awareness and appreciation of the importance of sports participation.


Retailer/Dealer Qualifications
Manufacturer Qualifications
Industry Influencer Qualifications

Members of every segment of the industry have the opportunity to submit the names of manufacturers, sporting goods retailers/dealers, and industry influencers they deem worthy of election to the Hall of Fame for extraordinary contributions to the growth and progress of the industry. Nominations are reviewed by the Hall of Fame Committee which is comprised of manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers/dealers, agents and industry influencers.

Induction ceremonies are held at the NSGA Annual Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit. 

Nominations for the 2021 Class of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame are now being accepted through February 21, 2020.

Click here for a fillable nomination form.

Please note the following materials must be submitted with the form in order for the nomination to be considered.

  • Biography of the nominee
  • 3 letters of support for the nomination

Completed nominations should be sent to: Julie Pitts, Hall of Fame Secretary, 1601 Feehanville Drive, Suite 300, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 or

Not sure where to start? Click below for sample nomination materials.

Sample Nomination Form
Sample Biography
Sample Letter of Support #1
Sample Letter of Support #2