2022 hall of fame inductees

Bill Hunt

Wilson “Bill” Hunt started CHAMPRO in 1986 with the goal of producing team sports gear that equaled or exceeded the performance of the established brands, but at a lower cost to the consumer. He chose not to pay for professional endorsements, advertising or promotional product, but instead to pass on reduced overhead with lower prices to athletes. CHAMPRO’s growth from a limited line of baseball equipment and expansion over the years to eventually offer a complete line of team sports equipment and uniforms that can outfit players from head to toe led to Hunt’s induction in the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2022.  

 Hunt has always enjoyed hard work and the challenges it provided. His work career began at age 10 when he sold vegetable and flower seeds door to door. 

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Bill Sorenson

An encounter at a University of Iowa swimming pool became a life-changing moment for Bill Sorenson and the future of gymnastics.

Sorenson not only became a successful gymnast, but his transformation of the sport through the innovative creation and development of equipment led to his induction in the Class of 2022 of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame.

As a freshman at Iowa, Sorenson was a competitive diver when gymnastics coach Dick Holzaepfel came to a practice at the pool and asked Sorenson if he “had ever been on a trampoline.” Sorenson quickly mastered the trampoline at a high level as he won gold and silver medals in the AAU National Championships and was the Big Ten Conference champion in 1953. 

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Michael Gotfredson Sr.

Providing for his family and making the world a healthier place was Michael Gotfredson’s inspiration to revolutionize the running and fitness industry.

Gotfredson, also referred to as Mike G., or Chief Runner, founded Road Runner Sports in September 1983, and today it is the largest running specialty retailer in the United States. His creation led to his induction in the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

In 1983, Gotfredson had a wife and four kids under the age of 5 when he lost his job forcing his family to live on a tight budget. One day, he went into a running store and was appalled by the high cost of shoes and poor customer service. He believed he was not alone in his frustrations, so with an MBA from Fresno State in direct marketing, he decided to solve the problem.

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