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."

The annual schedule of activities for the Rome Sports Hall of Fame and Museum include:

  • Sports clinics
  • Receptions and recognition of local youth sport champions in basketball, hockey, softball, baseball, and cheerleading
  • Receptions and recognition of Rome City School District, Rome Catholic School, and New York State School for the Deaf athletes
  • Special reception and recognition of teams that achieve State and National recognition
  • Annual induction reception and dinner for Rome Sports Hall of Fame Museum Inductees along with recognition of community members who have given outstanding service to specific youth sports programs
  • Annual William J. Coughlin Memorial recognition to community athletes whose "light shined far too briefly".

Upcoming Events for 2017

June 26-30

Perry Nizzi Soccer Clinic

Cost is $85 per player- Information and signup forms are available at the Rome City Recreation Dept office 2nd floor of City Hall

Saturday, July 22

25th Annual Golf Scramble
at Rome Country Club

Check-in time is 12:30pm
Shot-Gun Start at 1:00pm.

Four person teams will compete in Men’s, Women’s, and Coed categories. The Entry Fee of $75 per golfer includes Green Fees, Cart, Driving Range, Lunch, Dinner, Beverages on the Course, and Prizes.

Teams can consist of Men,Women or Co Ed

Support our Major Fundraiser
which provides funding for upkeep of the Hall and Museum,
insurance and improvements,
and our other activities.
Hole sponsorships are $35.00.
Consider donating items for prizes.

For information and applications for this year's event contact:

Tom Barry — 315-339-2986
Email: barry24@gmail.com
Coach Stan Evans — 315-336-2950
Email: evanstc@aol.com .

Applications are also available at the Rome Sports Hall Fame.

July 30

Annual Induction Ceremony

Inductees and Special Recognition Awards Reception at Hall at 2:30pm; open to the public (free admission)

Formal Induction Banquet to follow at the Beeches at 5:30pm.

Tickets will be available at the Hall of Fame; Ticket prices for the Banquet are $35 for adults and $15 for children.

Ruth M. Demers
Dec 9, 1932 - Mar 13, 2016

Ruth served as Executive Director of the Rome Sports Hall of Fame
and Museum for 27 years.
She will be greatly missed.
Memorial contributions may be made to the RSHoF or donations of clothing to Mission of the Christ Child c/o St. Peters Church 105 East Liberty Street Rome, New York.


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.

Rome Sports Hall of Fame

Download List Of All Inductees By Year (pdf).

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.

Nomination Criteria for Rome Sports Hall of Fame

In order for an individual to be nominated to the City of Rome Sports Hall of Fame, he or she must either have been from the City of 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:

  1. Is or was an outstanding athlete In high school, college, amateur or professional sports;

  2. Is or was a coach or manager who has made a significant contribution to sports;

  3. A new category named contributor. Is an individual whose efforts and talents provided leadership, administration, organization, direction, inspiration, positive contributions and motivation in the furtherance of sports programs, teams, and athletes.

We want to recognize those people with a strong connection to Rome who have made significant and noteworthy contributions to thefurtherance of athletics as athletes, coaches, managers, administrators and contributors of time, support and talent.

In its Mission Statement, 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.

Nominations for 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.

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