What is the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame?
The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 1980 to honor Chautauqua County, New York area sports celebrities.
Honorees are chosen by a committee under which a volunteer has as much an opportunity to be selected as an outstanding athlete in the professional or amateur ranks.
The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame held its first meeting at the Fenton Mansion on December 6, 1980. Russ Diethrick, the Jamestown City Parks and Recreation Director, invited various sports-minded people of the community to this meeting to discuss the formation of the hall. There was a great deal of interest with a group numbering around 15 getting together, first monthly, then weekly, to form the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.
The first meeting was held at the Fenton Mansion because it was a possible site for the first sports hall. The proposal for the Hall of Fame was greeted enthusiastically by the organizers. It was decided that having a Hall of Fame honoring area celebrities would enhance a hall of sports memorabilia.
The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame committee decided it would be up to the public to send in nominations, along with the achievements of their candidates. Ballots will be placed in Chautauqua County newspapers with a deadline date for submitting nominations.
Learn more about the CSHoF in this Jamestown Gazette article.
2016-2017 Board of Directors
|Randy Anderson - President||Ron Melquist - 3rd Vice-President|
|Bob Schmitt - 1st Vice-President||Russ Ecklund - Secretary|
|Bill Race - 2nd Vice-President||Lee Johnson - Treasurer|
|Dick Barton||Fred Larson|
|John Bongiovanni||Stan Marshaus|
|Cal Cederquist||Keith Martin|
|Lou Deppas||Jim Painter|
|Joe DiMaio||Gary Peters Sr.|
|Tom Heppeler||Dave Polechetti|
|Wally Huckno||Angela Pucciarelli|
|Chip Johnson||Tammy Rea|
|Scott Kindberg||Bill Rollinger|
|Phil Klinginsmith||Charles Sinatra|
|Lori Lassen||Jay Sirianni|
|Emeritus Directors -|
|Russ Diethrick||Denny Lundberg|
|Komo Tane||Terry Heslink|
The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame welcomes new members and encourages them to be involved. A copy of the by-laws is included here to assist those interested in understanding how the organization functions.
Join the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame
A membership program is available to persons who are interested in preserving the history of sports in Chautauqua County and honoring the outstanding individuals who have created our cherished sports memories.
In addition to helping the CSHoF carry out its twin missions of maintaining a hall of fame and exhibit hall, members will receive several value-added benefits for their membership fee.
To join, please contact Russ Ecklund at
716-484-7684 or send an e-mail to email@example.com
The Sports Hall of Fame is dependent on the volunteers who staff the hall. They are dedicated to the hall and the athletes honored there. The Board of Directors greatly appreciates the time and effort given by the volunteers.
The CSHoF can use additional volunteers to be at the hall during the day to greet visitors. To volunteer contact Randy Anderson at 716-640-6219.
Visit the CSHoF Exhibit HallHall Hours: Generally 12:00 - 3:00pm
Location: 15 West Third Street, Jamestown, New York 14701
Arrangements can be made for a group to tour the hall anytime it would like by contacting Bill Rollinger at 716-763-8229.