501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
Winston-Salem Sportsmen Club, Inc. P.O. Box 4353
Winston-Salem, NC 27115-4353
THE WINSTON-SALEM/FORSYTH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
SPORTS HALL OF FAME
A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
In the fall of 1981, Joe Williams proposed the idea of an even more prestigious and more ambitious project for the group, a High School
Sports Hall of Fame. Waldo Lester, then Sportsmen Club president, immediately liked the concept and agreed to place it on the agendafor the next club meeting. A lengthy discussion yielded a positive verdict, the idea is great . . . move ahead with the planning.
of his experience, Wil1iams was asked to provide the leadership. For eleven years, he had been a professional fundraiser for North
Carolina A & T State University. As the University's Director of Alumni Affairs; he had also been principally responsible for
creating and developing the A & T Sports Hall of Fame Program.
Williams and a committee appointed to aid in the planning
of the High School Sports Hall of Fame, initially projected the spring of 1982 for the first induction ceremony, but more planning
was required. A new date was set, May 25, 1983, and the club members set out soliciting funds required to implement the program. The
entire community responded eagerly and generously. Marty Penn was elected President to lead the newly realized venture.
establishment of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County High School Sports Hall of Fame has opened a new chapter in the Winston-Salem Sportsmen Club's
history book by honoring those persons who have achieved the level of excellence in sports as participants, administrators, journalists
and special supporters. It also adds a new dimension to the sports programs of all local high schools.