The Texas Sports Hall of Fame is the recipient of a 2020 Humanities Texas Relief Grant.
The Texas Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Waco, Texas, chronicles the heroes and legends of Lone Star State sports at all levels including high school standouts, collegiate athletes, Olympians and professionals. Established in 1951, the organization’s mission is to preserve the legacies of all inductees and to promote the history of sports in Texas as well as educate and inspire guests of all ages.
The 2020 Humanities Texas Relief Grant will be used to support the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Emergency Relief Fund. The Emergency Relief Fund will designate 100% of all monies raised for the re-establishment of our museums programs and pre-pandemic staffing levels, as well as allow for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame to continue to protect, preserve and promote the history of sports in the state of Texas.
This summer, Humanities Texas awarded over $1.1 million to 198 Texas nonprofits that suffered losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients include museums, libraries, preservation organizations and heritage and cultural centers, among many others.
These organizations offer historical and cultural programs that have significant impact within their communities. Humanities Texas aims to help these organizations remain vital in this difficult time.
"We are fortunate to have the opportunity to provide critical support to so many organizations across the state," said Humanities Texas Executive Director Eric Lupfer. "Looking ahead, we will continue to seek ways to assist Texas cultural and educational institutions in surviving this crisis."
“The Texas Sports Hall of Fame is forever grateful to our friends at Humanities Texas,” stated Cooper Jones, President and CEO of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. “Our organization simply could not have continued to protect, preserve and promote the history of sports in the Lone Star State without the generous support we received as a part of the 2020 Humanities Texas Relief Grant program.”
Funding for these grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.
Humanities Texas, based in Austin, Texas, is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its mission is to advance education through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums and create opportunities for lifelong learning for all Texans.