Bill Koch Donation Keeps Sports HOF In Old Town

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A donation from Bill Koch will keep the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita's Old Town. City officials announced today the billionaire has donated $100,000 to the museum.

Bill Koch won the America's Cup yacht race in 1992. The America's Cup is part of the Hall's display.

The Wichita City Council evicted it's tenant after the museum defaulted on a $97,000 debt it owed. The museum was given 30 days to move out of its current location.

"Yesterday, I was able to deliver a check to the city of Wichita for $97,000," said Ted Hays of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

The museum is partially funded by state dollars, but communication problems with the legislature left the museum without those funds this year.

"We intend to aggressively make sure we don't find ourselves in this position again," Hays said.

An aggressive campaign has already begun to meet with lawmakers and city leaders.

"This is going to be one of those bumps in the road and we are not going to have to look back at it again," said City Council Member Sharon Feary.

The museum plans to push for sales of memberships and auction 50 pieces of sports memorabilia not connected to Kansas.

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