The Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame was created to honor the pioneers, innovators and leaders who built the sporting goods industry and to help recognize and encourage excellence within the sporting goods industry. Many sporting goods retailers, dealers and manufacturers felt there was a need for leaders in the sporting goods industry to be recognized by their peers. To provide this recognition, the SPORTING GOODS INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME was created in 1955.
The criteria for manufacturers to be elected to the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame includes development and successful production of products, which significantly improve sports performance and the introduction of significant 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.
Members of every segment of the industry have the opportunity to submit the names of sporting goods retailers/dealers, manufacturers and industry influencers they deem worthy of election to the Hall of Fame for extraordinary contributions to the growth and progress of the industry. The first election was held on Friday, February 3, 1956, by the Hall of Fame Committee, which is made up of representatives from all segments of the industry – manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers/dealers, agents and industry influencers.
Induction ceremonies are held at the annual NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit.
The 2018 class of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame is:
Arthur Gochman - Academy Sports + Outdoors
Stan Jurga - All-Star Sporting Goods
Barbara Longstreth - Longstreth Sporting Goods
Learn More About the 2018 Inductees
Nominations for the 2020 class of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame are now being accepted through February 22, 2019. Download the form and submit your nomination today!
1) Download a nomination form
2) Download 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
Not sure where to start? Download these sample nomination materials to help.
Sample Nomination Form
Sample Letters of Support
Industry Influencer Qualifications
NSGA 2017 Hall Of Fame from ROF Industries Inc on Vimeo.
Members of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame Committee Members