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 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.
 
Because 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.
 
The 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.  
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