Honoring & preserving
the sports heritage
of Rome, NY

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"The only municipal Sports Hall of Fame with its own museum in New York State."

The Rome Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated
to honoring and preserving the great sports achievements of athletes of Rome, New York.

It has over 50 exhibits that capture the thrill and the achievements of Rome's gifted athletes
with pictures, trophies, uniforms and equipment depicting their days of glory.

The Rome Sports Hall of Fame pledges "To honor the pursuit of athletic excellence, recognize those who have excelled, preserve Rome's rich athletic heritage and provide you with a memorable experience."

Closed for the season on 9/1/14; will reopen on Memorial Day 2015

For the offseason, please contact:

our Executive Director

or our President


Nominations being accepted for Rome Sports Hall of Fame

The Rome Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for individuals to be considered for induction into the Rome Sports Hall of Fame. Applications and instructions are available on the Parks and Recreation Website at www.romenewyork.com. Nomination forms may also be picked up at the Recreation Department at City Hall and at the Rome Sports Hall of Fame.

As listed on the nomination form, "in order for an individual to be nominated to the Hall of Fame, the individual must either have been from Rome or have a long-term association with the area to be considered "home town" and commonly associated with Rome by the general public. He or she must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • Is or was an outstanding athlete in high school, college, amateur or professional sports;
  • Is or was a coach, manager or an administrator who has made a significant contribution to sports;
  • Is an individual who is performing or has performed unusual or distinguished service in fostering, developing or effectively helping a sport to prosper."

In addition, nominations will be taken for honorees for the William J. Coughlin Memorial.

The memorial, which honors deceased individuals who excelled in local sports, is named in honor of the longtime Rome Free Academy coach and athletic director who died after being struck by a car while training for a marathon.

The Coughlin Memorial was established to recognize Rome athletes whose "light shined far too briefly."

It is not necessary to re-submit nominations for the Hall of Fame or the Coughlin Memorial, as previously submitted nominations are kept on file. Additions or addendums to nominations are welcome.

Nominations will also be taken for the Ellie Bruce Exceptional Team of Excellence Award which salutes a standout team from the past. The award is sponsorerd by Bruce, a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee.

Selection committee members are co-chairmen Bill Fleet and Joe Silkowski along with Hall of Fame executive director Ruth Demers and Fran Lisewski, Carl Eilenberg, Ellie Bruce, Joe Ryan, Paul Gigliotti, Bob Ryan, Chris Bouton, and Stan Evans.


We invite the business community to join us in furthering our mission by becoming annual corporate members of the Museum. To help you support us, we have created three membership levels, so that you can choose the level that best fits your business.

Join us in supporting the museum — download and send in a Corporate Membership Application.

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