Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame http://buffalosportshallfame.com Honoring men and women who have contributed to the welfare of amateur and professional sports in Greater Buffalo by performance, time, effort and/or financial support Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:24:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Ten Local Amateur Athletes and Groups Recipients of 2015 Amateur Sports Development Funds http://buffalosportshallfame.com/ten-recipients-2015-amateur-sports-development-funds/ http://buffalosportshallfame.com/ten-recipients-2015-amateur-sports-development-funds/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 01:39:14 +0000 buffalo sports hall of fame http://buffalosportshallfame.com/?p=3601 Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame president Therese Forton-Barnes and former president, Brian Cavanaugh announced the 2015 recipients of the organization’s Amateur Sports Development Fund (ASDF). A total of $11,950 to 10 Western New York youth groups and individuals are among this year’s recipients.

Receiving donations are:

  • Alexis Crotty – Purchase of new mogul skis
  • Patricia Mangan – Skier, who is travelling to USA Olympic team events
  • Alexandra McGee – Swimmer, who is travelling to USA Junior Nationals
  • Ken White – Tennis player who is travelling for the USTA/ITF World Cup Team
  • Hill Butler Giants Football and Cheer Association – Funds to re-construct a damaged concession stand
  • North Cheektowaga Amateur Athletic Association – Purchase of softball and football helmets
  • Police Athletic League of Buffalo – Purchase of athletic equipment
  • Queen City Roller Girls – Travel to Women’s Flat Track Derby Association playoffs
  • University District Community Development Association – Purchase of athletic equipment
  • WNY Elite Basketball – Purchase of new uniforms

“In addition to honoring the athletic greats from Western New York, the primary mission of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame is to give back to the community,” said board president Therese Forton-Barnes. “I want to thank ASDF Committee Chairman Mike Buczkowski for all of the work his group did this year in identifying a tremendous group of recipients.”

“This is a rewarding process to be a part of,” added Buczkowski, who is also the General Manager of the Buffalo Bisons. “When you assist the youth of Western New York to reach their goals through athletic competition, you enhance the community. This is a tremendous thing the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame does each year and I am proud to be a part of it.”

The ASDF committee reviewed several applications for funds this year. Groups seeking financial assistance in 2016 can complete the application found at the GBSHOF web site – Download Application Here »

 

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Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame to Honor 12 New Members http://buffalosportshallfame.com/greater-buffalo-sports-hall-of-fame-to-honor-12-new-members/ http://buffalosportshallfame.com/greater-buffalo-sports-hall-of-fame-to-honor-12-new-members/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 01:11:02 +0000 buffalo sports hall of fame http://buffalosportshallfame.com/?p=3584  

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The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame class of 2015 will be officially inducted into the hall of Wednesday, November 4 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202).

This marks the 25th class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1991 and brings total membership to 291. This year’s inductees cover the sporting spectrum from hockey, to football, to baseball, to lacrosse, auto racing, coaching, and more.

The 2015 Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame class is:

  • Al Bemiller – Buffalo Bills Standout Center/Guard
  • Art Clark – WNY Auto Racing Legend
  • George Daddario – Buffalo Bisons / Braves PR Director (Pride of Western New York)
  • Liz Johnson – Ground-breaking Bowling Champion
  • David Koch – New Era Cap Executive (Pride of Western New York)
  • Jim Konstanty – National League MVP Pitcher (Pride of Western New York)
  • Aaron Miller - NHL and Olympic Defenseman
  • Mike Rappl – Award-winning Canisius Softball Coach
  • Keith Robinson – Grover Cleveland & Notre Dame Basketball Star
  • Robert L. Smith – Renowned Buffalo Sports Photographer
  • John Tavares – Buffalo Bandits and NLL All-time Leading Scorer
  • Larry Wilson – Buffalo Hockey Bisons All-Time Leading Scorer (Pride of Western New York)

This group will join a rich heritage of native Western New Yorkers, or those who starred in and around the Queen City during their playing days, who are enshrined in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame honors those who have enhanced our lives with their performances and commitment to Western New York sports, an effort surpassed only by the positive impressions they have left on our athletes of tomorrow.

Online ticket purchases and more information on all the evening’s events will be posted soon.

 

 

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The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame to Unveil Class of 2015 http://buffalosportshallfame.com/greater-buffalo-sports-hall-of-fame-unveil-class-of-2015/ http://buffalosportshallfame.com/greater-buffalo-sports-hall-of-fame-unveil-class-of-2015/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:09:22 +0000 buffalo sports hall of fame http://buffalosportshallfame.com/?p=3573 Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame 25th LogoThe Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame will introduce its’ 12 member class of 2015, on Wednesday June 3 at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Introductions of this year’s new members will be made by board president, Therese Forton-Barnes.

This event will mark the 25th class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1991 and brings total membership to 291.

Former National Hockey league star Aaron Miller, one of several inductees expected on hand for the announcement, will offer remarks on behalf of the class. Miller played 14 seasons in the NHL and also earned an Olympic Silver Medal.

Miller will be joined by 11 other former athletes, coaches, and sports enthusiasts who will make up the class of 2015. Four of the 12 will be inducted posthumously as part of the Pride of Western New York.

This group will join a rich heritage of native Western New Yorkers, or those who starred in and around the Queen City during their playing days, who are enshrined in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 2015 class will be officially introduced this fall at the GBSHOF dinner in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

In addition, the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors will announce its annual monetary awards from its Amateur Sports Development Fund.

The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame honors those who have enhanced our lives with their performances and commitment to Western New York sports, an effort surpassed only by the positive impressions they have left on our athletes of tomorrow.

 

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Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Dinner Video http://buffalosportshallfame.com/greater-buffalo-sports-hall-of-fame-2014-induction-dinner-video/ http://buffalosportshallfame.com/greater-buffalo-sports-hall-of-fame-2014-induction-dinner-video/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:52:23 +0000 buffalo sports hall of fame http://buffalosportshallfame.com/?p=3467 The 24th Annual Induction Dinner is available to view on our website. Click the players below to watch online anytime!

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A rebroadcast of the 2014 induction dinner can be seen on the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel
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  • Sunday 12/21/14 4pm
  • Friday 12/26/14 12pm

 

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Hall of Fame’s Amateur Sports Development Fund Helps Fund Team’s Trip to Nationals http://buffalosportshallfame.com/hall-of-fames-amateur-sports-development-fund-helps-fund-teams-trip-to-nationals/ http://buffalosportshallfame.com/hall-of-fames-amateur-sports-development-fund-helps-fund-teams-trip-to-nationals/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:07:13 +0000 buffalo sports hall of fame http://buffalosportshallfame.com/?p=3464 Pop_Warner_logoHall of Fame’s Amateur Sports Development Fund helps Pop Warner Western New York Bills Football Team fund team’s trip to nationals in Florida

Add the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame to the list of contributors to assist the Pop Warner Western New York Bills in their quest to compete for the Pop Warner Super Bowl. In a story that has been widely chronicled around the football-crazy region, the youth group was several thousand dollars short of financing the team’s trip to nationals in Florida this week. Several benefactors have since stepped up, including the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, via its Amateur Sports Development Fund, to the tune of $1,300.00.

“Playing for a national championship is a tremendous opportunity for these young men and their devoted coaches and we want to be as supportive as possible,” stated GBSHOF president Therese Forton Barnes. “Our Board of Directors became aware of this situation a few days ago and we all felt it was important to lend a helping hand.”

The money will assist in offsetting the costs of travel, lodging and meals for the team, who are competing this week in Orlando for the championship. They are the first undefeated Pop Warner Western New York team to qualify for nationals.

 

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Watch 24th Annual Induction Ceremony Online http://buffalosportshallfame.com/watch-24th-annual-induction-ceremony-online/ http://buffalosportshallfame.com/watch-24th-annual-induction-ceremony-online/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:10:51 +0000 buffalo sports hall of fame http://buffalosportshallfame.com/?p=3418
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