The Arizona Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1957 by the Phoenix Press Box Association. The Association held 36 induction ceremonies before ceasing operations in 1991. The Phoenix Press Box Association, partnered with the Maricopa County Sports Authority for the official “changing of the guard” of the custodianship of The Arizona Sports Hall of Fame and the Sports Award Dinners. In 2007, the Maricopa County Sports Authority changed its name to the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission, and then the Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission which still today owns and operates the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
The Arizona Sports Hall of Fame fell dormant from 2002-2009. In early 2008, the Sports Commission began planning a formal re-launch of the Hall of Fame. On April 16, 2009 the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame was revitalized with an induction ceremony at The Phoenician. Over 300 people were on hand to honor four inductees including Al McCoy, Darren Woodson, Linda Vollstedt, and Bob Horner. Today, the Hall of Fame is the largest annual fundraiser for the Sports Commission. Funds raised will support the Sports Commission’s mission to “enrich our community through sports.” This includes attracting sporting events to the Valley of the Sun, promoting the existing events and sports teams in Greater Phoenix, and to support youth sports programs in the region.
The Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission formally know as the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission is one of the oldest Sports Commissions in the United States. The mission of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is to represent the citizens of the Valley to bring national and international sporting events to the state; assist in the promotion of existing events and teams, and support youth sports programs. Our mission statement is to “Enrich Our Community Through Sports.”
While the Sports Commission was founded through legislative action over 20 years ago, the organization today operates solely as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The organization is led by Alan Young, CEO and Board Chairman, Mark Garlieb and a volunteer board of directors comprised of Valley business, community and civic leaders.