Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Sets “Loud and Proud” New Course with
Aggressive Lineup of Special Exhibits and Community Outreach
Nationally significant traveling displays, more events and increased community involvement highlight efforts
WICHITA, Kan. – Sept. 4, 2007 – Great things are happening at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame! An exciting new lineup of special events, exhibits and community interactions is kicking off this week with the Hall of Fame exhibit at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.
“We have a number of exciting exhibitions, displays and events lined up this fall and into next year, which will certainly make the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame more visible, more attractive, and much more educational," says Ted Hayes, KSHOF executive director. "We are bringing major, nationally respected exhibits to our museum, and we’ll also be reaching out into the communities with educational programs to really involve Kansans in the key elements of our mission: to honor, educate and inspire. So many of the greatest moments and greatest people in sports history have come from our state or have a strong Kansas connection, and I’m enthusiastic about educating our youth through the use of the exhibits, programs and events we have planned.”
The enhanced slate of KSHOF events, exhibits and activities include:
THE NAZI OLYMPICS Berlin 1936
Developed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, this nationally renowned exhibit will be on display in the KSHOF from Jan. 12, 2008 through April 6, 2008.
Using historical photographs, written documents, film footage, and athlete testimonies, THE NAZI OLYMPICS exhibition chronicles the Nazi rise to power in Germany, the Nazification of German sport, the Olympic boycott controversy in the United States, the Olympic Games themselves, and their aftermath. Visitors to the exhibition learn that a beautiful Berlin and extravagant Olympic pageantry were only facades designed to distract and seduce the international community. The Nazis exploited the Games as part of a propaganda effort to dispel international concerns about Germany’s planned remilitarization program, and to mask the German government’s policies of discrimination and persecution, which had begun shortly after Hitler’s ascension to power in 1933.
The exhibition features the stories of athletes who boycotted or were barred from the Games as well as those who participated in them. News articles and headlines of the period expose the racism and anti-semitism of the Nazi regime, particularly in their coverage of Nazi reaction to the victories of track star Jesse Owens and other African Americans as well as the exclusion of German Jews from Olympic competition.
The exhibition concludes with a sobering historical perspective: during the months before and after the 1936 Olympic Games, the Nazis toned down their anti-Jewish campaign for reasons of foreign policy and image. In the 15 months after the Games, Germany initiated its plans for expansion and the Nazi regime intensified its persecution of Jews and others it deemed “enemies of the State.” Germany annexed Austria in March 1938, and by November of that year, Jews in Germany and Austria were subjected to the terror, mass destruction, and widespread arrests of a state-sponsored anti-semitic pogrom known as Kristallnacht (“The Night of Broken Glass”). With Germany’s invasion of Poland in September 1939, World War II began. Using the war as justification, the Nazi leadership penetrated the genocide of European Jewry known as the Holocaust. The last images in the exhibition are of Olympic athletes who died in the Holocaust.
THE NAZI OLYMPICS Berlin 1936 is organized into five sections, beginning with Hitler’s rise to power in Germany and ending with the aftermath of the Olympics and the onset of the Holocaust and World War II. The exhibition’s five sections are:
NAZI GERMANY 1933-36
Antisemitism and Racism
NAZIFICATION OF SPORT
Sport and Race
Sport as Military Training
Indoctrination of Youth
Government Control of Sports
and the Olympics
Exclusion of Jews and other
“enemies of the State”
THE BOYCOTT DEBATE
African American Responses
Jewish American Responses
THE NAZI OLYMPICS
The Winter Olympics and
Reoccupation of the
Nazi Propaganda and the
Façade of Hospitality
Success of African American
Jewish Athletes and the
After the Games – Hitler’s
Plans for the Olympics
Continuing Persecution of
World War II and the
Also, to accompany the exhibit, the KSHOF will feature special displays related to Kansans in the ’36 Olympics and Hall inductees who participated in the Berlin games, including track star Glenn Cunningham and Gene Johnson, who was an assistant basketball coach and head coach of the McPherson Globe Refiners, which featured six players on the Olympic team.
Much More than an exhibition
In addition to the exhibit which will be shown at the Hall of Fame, the programming for the Nazi Olympics includes a series of lectures, educational programs and materials for high schools and universities, as well as receptions, and presentations by survivors of the Holocaust.
§ “Line Drives & Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball”
Organized women’s baseball began at Vassar College in 1866 and was introduced to contemporary audiences with the 1992 film, “A League of Their Own.” This exhibit, sponsored by the Mid-America Arts Alliance and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, documents this forgotten side of America’s pastime with images and objects from one of the nation’s largest collections of women’s baseball memorabilia. Many of the pioneering players and teams of the women’s game are highlighted in the displays.
“Line Drives & Lipstick” will have an exclusive engagement at the KSHOF from Sept. 1, 2008 through Oct. 20, 2008. Regular admission price to the KSHOF includes access to this exhibit. The Hall of Fame plans to complement the traveling display with expanded and special displays of Kansas women featured in the Hall of Fame.
§ RealSports interactive sports simulator coming in October
This October, the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame is opening a RealSports interactive display which is a state of the art, real-experience, real-time sports simulation system featuring, golf, baseball, football, basketball, soccer and hockey. It allows visitors to play and practice real-life sports against computer-simulated opponents and environments in one display system.
These activities include playing 18 holes of golf at a photo realistic Major Championship course, shooting jump shots in a virtual street –ball environment with the clock ticking, kick field goals or play quarterback with passing drills thrown at all-star receivers, dribble, shoot, and score on the soccer goalkeeper, take to the mound and pitch fastballs against virtual batters in a real game situation – complete with speed gun, and finally practice slap-shots against lifelike goaltenders in a real-time, real-size shootout. The system uses dual-plane object-tracking technology to capture the speed, distance, launch angle, and exact location of each shot, throw, or kick. The software then reacts to each ball’s flight characteristics to produce an instantaneous and realistic on-screen response to your shot, throw, or kick.
§ Bill Snyder and Bill Moore appointed to the KSHOF Board of Trustees
K-State football coaching legend Bill Snyder and Bill Moore, CEO of Westar Energy have been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame by Governor Sebelius. Both have been long-time supporters of the Hall of Fame and will play active roles as members of the Board. The seven-member board also includes: Dr. Duane Muck-Chairman; Rita Bicknell, George Fahnestock, Ron Slaymaker, and Rick Williamson. Slaymaker and Snyder are both inductees in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
§ KSHOF Road Show - Starting at the State Fair Sept. 7
Visitors to the 2007 Kansas State Fair, Sept. 7-16 in Hutchinson, will be able to learn about some of the state’s great sports legends and heroes, and even meet a few personally, as the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (KSHOF) exhibits at the fair for the first time. The traveling KSHOF exhibit, located under the main grandstand, will also be available on an ongoing basis for major sporting events, conventions, museums and other places throughout the state where people gather. Scheduled to appear at the Hall of Fame booth at the State Fair are: Max Falkenstien, Jack Parr, and Wes Santee.
§ Hall of Fame Breakfasts this Fall
This Fall, the KSHOF will begin hosting a monthly breakfast, featuring a notable keynote speaker from the world of sports. The buffet breakfasts will take place at 7 a.m. on the third Friday of every month, with the speaker delivering a talk from 7:30 to 8. Sports radio station KGSO will do a live remote broadcast from the Hall on these mornings. Schedule and lineup of speakers will be announced soon.
§ Sports Film Matinees at the KSHOF this Fall
Starting this fall, on select Sunday afternoons, the KSHOF will be show popular, inspirational, sports movies with free popcorn – all for the regular admission price. When possible, arrangements will be made for a speaker or special display to accompany the theme of the movie. More information on movie schedules is coming soon.
§ New Memorabilia for display at the KSHOF - coming soon
The KSHOF is constantly acquiring significant pieces of Kansas sports history for display in the museum. Among recent additions are items from KSHOF inductees, including:
o Scale Model of Bill Koch’s yacht, America3, the 1992 America's Cup winner.
o A baseball signed by Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Walter Johnson
o The winning soap box car from the 1956 Wichita Soap Box Derby
o A set of National Juco Basketball Tourney Programs from 1949-current
o Tex Winter’s complete library of basketball books
o State championship trophies, jerseys, photos and memorabilia from Dwight H.S.
o Signed jerseys from Paul Pierce, Scot Pollard, John Zook, Steve Tasker and others
o Jake Sharp's Salina Central helmet and jersey
o Margaret Murdock's international shooting medals and trophies
o Wichita Heights' basketball baseline floor signified by "Heights"
Continuing KSHOF Efforts:
§ Class of 2007 Induction Day Events
A new class of 12 sports heroes will take its place in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 21. The agenda includes an autograph session in the afternoon at the KSHOF and the induction ceremony and banquet taking place that evening at the Wichita Hyatt. This year's class of inductees includes: Gary Carrier, Rich Clarkson, Melvin Douglas, Darren Dreifort, Maurice Greene, Bill Gutteridge, Linda Hargrove, Gene Keady, Margaret Thompson Murdock, Jackie Stiles, Mike Torrez, and John Zook.
§ Kansas Youth Leadership Academy partnership
The KSHOF continues its partnership with the KYLA with a display Nov. 5-6, 2007 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Topeka in conjunction with the academy’s fall conference. An estimated 500 students from around Kansas will attend the leadership training seminars. Last March, the KSHOF hosted the KYLA conference in Wichita and organized speakers including former K-State football coach, Bill Snyder.
§ 8th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament
The KSHOF’s eighth annual benefit golf tournament, sponsored by Equity Bank, tees off on Monday, Sept. 17, 2007 at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kan. The tournament, featuring a four-person scramble format, will tee off with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m., and will be followed by a social, raffle and dinner. Proceeds benefit the non-profit KSHOF.
§ A Unique Place for Events
Many families, groups and companies are discovering the KSHOF as a great, out-of-the-ordinary place to hold special events. In the past year alone, the Hall has hosted the Winefest Walkabout, wedding rehearsal dinners, company sales meetings, cocktail receptions, retirement parties, holiday parties, and even small trade shows. With the museum displays available for viewing by groups that rent the facility, the KSHOF offers much more than a standard rental location. The KSHOF works with groups to suggest area caterers and is planning audio/visual enhancements for presentations.
About the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame is a state agency dedicated to preserving the history of sports for the state to serve as a source of education and inspiration to all generations. The mission is achieved through providing exhibits, archives, facilities, programs and activities to honor those individuals and teams whose achievements in sports have brought distinction to themselves, to their communities and to the entire state of Kansas. The Hall of Fame was founded by the Kansas Legislature in 1961 as a part of the state’s Centennial Celebration. The Hall is operated by Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation. For more information, visit www.kshof.org .
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