We're unique into ourselves in Muskegon. We have our own rich history in so many ways. From names like Hackley and Hume, to LC Walker and Shaw....who we are and where we came from isn't defined by anything other than the names of the founders of this community and they are written all over town as they should be. We are also very fortunate in the fact that anywhere in the state of Michigan, when a sports team hears that they are playing a team from Muskegon, there is a moment of pause given because the reputation of our athletes and the teams that are built here are nothing to be toyed with.
If the name Big Reds or Sailors pops up or maybe Tigers, Wildcats, Trojans, Vikings and more comes up, things get pretty quiet in the other teams locker rooms and with good reason. Our teams are strong, focused and an excellent part of the overall educational experience in the Muskegon Area School District. We have championship football teams almost every year. Our basketball programs are incredible and we can't forget the other sports too... baseball, track, cross country and more. We have an incredibly rich history of athletics in Muskegon and it's carefully curated by The Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame.
Organized in 1986 the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame has all of their collection on display at the LC Walker Arena. There are parts of it for the moment that are not readily seen due to the renovations at the arena, but over 100 sports notables have been inducted over the last 30 years and the tradition continues. This year they are narrowing down the candidates and will be announcing the inductees soon. Philanthropy has been a big part of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame as well giving back in excess of over $100,000 to area schools.
They have a fun event coming up over the holiday break. It's going to be held December 27th at Reeths-Puffer HS. It's the Hall of Fame Basketball Classic. It's a $5 donation at the door to get in to see an entire day of basketball action. For that $5 bucks you can see basketball all day! You'll see teams from Shores, Puffer and Muskegon and coming in to take them on will be G.R. Christian, Holland West Ottawa and East Kentwood. Huge games and huge purpose, to help the HOF and the work they do for today's athletes.
Mike Mack is the President of the HOF and we sat down to talk about the organization and the game coming up. Take a listen.
Circles back to what we're all about. Muskegon is rich with our own history, but more importantly, our own future. We look back with pride on the athletes we've had and we help foster those who are competing today. After all, those competing today are our future and who knows..someday, it might be them going up on the wall in the arena. If you'd like to know more about the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame, click on their logo below and visit their website and save the date for the basketball calssic on December 27th.