The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame honors
athletes, owners, and coaches from West Michigan who have achieved
prominence in their sports on a local, state, or national level.
Originally founded by the Grand Rapids City Commission in 1972, the
Sports Hall of Fame was reestablished in 1995 and is now housed on
the upper deck of the Van Andel Arena.
Each year, a new group of inductees is selected by the Board of
Trustees and honored at the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony. To date, there have been 131 inductees
to the Hall of Fame, including former United States President,
Gerald R. Ford, and former Grand Rapids Mayor, Paul Goebel, Sr.
In addition to
honoring sports heroes, the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame
sponsors annual events in support of West Michigan athletics and
supports local charities.
HALL OF FAME CLASSIC
November 29 & 30, 2013
Thanksgiving weekend, basketball fans gather for the Hall of Fame
Classic basketball tournament. The men's basketball teams of Aquinas
College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, and Hope College
compete in this 2-day tournament. Click
here for the 2013 tournament schedule.