BWW Feature: International Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at The Arnold Sports Festival
The 6th annual 2017 International Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held in conjunction with The Arnold Sports Festival on March 4th in Columbus, Ohio. A small room of VIP guests and select media were in attendance to celebrate this monumental occasion.
The inspiring event was hosted by Founder and Chairman, Dr. Robert M. Goldman, who annually recognizes the world's greatest sports legends, and honors them for their achievements.
The 2017 Inductees included:
- Lou Ferrigno - Bodybuilding Champion, TV and Movie Star
- Bill Kazmaier - World Powerlifting Champion and World's Strongest Man
- Herschel Walker - Heisman Trophy Winner, College Football Hall of Fame, Mixed Martial Artist
- Apolo Ohno - 8-time Olympic Speed Skating Medalist
- Dr. Tom Rosandich - Founder of the United States Sports Academy
Dr. Bob kicked off the ceremony by giving a brief history of the induction and acknowledging the inductees and various VIP guests. Turning toward this year's class, he said, "You guys know what it means to be a champion."
First up was the 'Incredible Hulk' himself, Lou Ferrigno, who accepted his award with grace and humility. Growing up with a speech impediment due to a loss of hearing, he learned to overcome many obstacles, including bullying. Lou said, "I've learned to maximize what I have in my life... Bodybuilding saved my life. Bodybuilding taught me the discipline to be successful."
'Strongman' World Record Holder, Bill Kazmaier, told us that "a true champion will pop back up," recounting a mind-over-matter triumph when he squatted 700 pounds with two torn hamstrings. Surpassing incredible feats of strength, he said, "The measure of a man is how you react in a bad day." Kazmaier also said, "The measure of a man is not the size of his body, but the size of his heart."
Dr. Tom Rosandich, Founder of the United States Sports Academy and a long-time leader in sport and sport education around the globe, was truly honored to accept his award and to be among such a stellar class of inductees.
Eight-time olympic speed skating medalist, founder of Allysian Sciences, activist, motivational speaker, NY times best selling author, and Ironman Kona '14 finisher, Apolo Ohno, offered inspiring words on how sport unifies our world, especially in our recent times of chaos and distention.
Heisman Trophy Winner, College Football Hall of Famer, Mixed Martial Artist, and a true legend in multiple sport disciplines, Herschel Walker thanked God first and and foremost, then humbly thanked his guests. He shared the story of when his mom called him "big boned" and his classmates called him "fat," which catapulted him to success. Herschel said, "If you believe it, you can achieve it. Don't let anyone tell you you can't."
Arnold Schwarzenegger then took the podium and shared his thanks and appreciation to each inductee and other guests in attendance. He said, "Don't just think about your body. Think beyond that and what you can accomplish in the world." He continued, "We have the responsibility to go out and inspire others... In the end, we're not going to be judged by how much we make but how much we give."
The afternoon concluded with Red Carpet photo and video opportunities, then it was off to The Arnold Sports Festival, which was conveniently held directly across the street.
The International Sports Hall of Fame is a 501(c) Non Profit Foundation established to honor the world's greatest athlete legends in all sports. This is a global organization that believes recognition of these remarkable sports people should endure and be recognized long after their careers have ended. Just as important is what Hall of Fame candidates do later in life, in giving back to others and society, with charity work, and mentoring young people.
The induction ceremonies are held annually every March at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival, which is the world's largest annual sports weekend, hosting 175,000 attendees and over 18,000 competing athletes.
For more information, visit: http://www.ishof.net/
Photo Credit: Christina Mancuso