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XXV Anniversary Induction & Awards Ceremonies

Saturday, March 23, 2002

CHICAGO HILTON TOWERS - - The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of Italian Americans in sports by exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a world-wide audience, and honoring Italian American heroes who have made lasting contributions to sports and society.


"The Hall of Fame will be a place where our Italian-American history and heritage are triumphantly celebrated." ---Jerry Colangelo - Chairman, Board of Trustees

"In our new Taylor Street museum, we'll tell the universal stories of Italian-American culture...of family, faith and friendship."--George Randazzo - Founder and Chairman

Since its founding in 1978, more than two hundred glorious champions of sport have been enshrined in the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Today, at long last, we're building a world-class Hall of Fame and museum on land donated by the City of Chicago on Taylor Street in the heart of Chicago's "Little Italy." In the 40,000 square foot masterpiece, we'll honor the grace and glory of Italian-American athletes.

Visitors to the new museum will come face-to-face with the passion of Italian heritage and learn why DiMaggio, Retton, Marciano, Biondi and Lombardi achieved such greatness on the "field of dreams" as well as in life. Through state-of-the-art exhibits and programming, people from all walks of life, especially children, will celebrate and experience championship Italian-American qualities such as pride and perseverance.

We invite you to review our vision and strategic plan for the bricks and mortar of a Hall of Fame for Italian-American legends of sport. For our dreams of a permanent home to become a reality, we'll need the generous support of people like you. Grazie Mille!

EXHIBITS & PROGRAMMING From Rocky Marciano's Championship belt to Vince Lombardi's last Packer coat; from Alan Ameche's Heisman Trophy to Mario Andretti's Indy 500 race car; and from Gene Sarazen's golf knickers to Matt Biondi's eleven Olympic medals, the Hall of Fame's collection is second to none.

To tell the rich stories of Italian-American champions, we've retained Busch Creative Services, one of the world's foremost sports museum design firms to create and develop the Hall's exhibits. The resulting "must-see" Hall of Fame and museum will include an exciting blend of participatory kiosks, knock-your-socks-off audio-visuals, detailed environments, colorful static displays, and other state-of-the-art exhibit technologies.

The $3 million exhibit and programming goal will enable the Hall of Fame to create cutting-edge exhibitions, imaginative attractions, and inspiring programs. At the Hall of Fame people will discover the passion of Lasorda, grace of Boitano, power of Marciano, discipline of Paterno, beauty of Fratiane, miracle of Eruzione, innovation of Luisetti, speed of Andretti, laughter of Berra, heartbreak of Piccolo, leadership of Montana, and the glory of DiMaggio.

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