Hall of FameUpdated Tuesday January 7, 2014 by Kitchener Sports Association.
PHOTO: Taken at the grand opening of the Hall of Fame in 1972, this photo includes the original inductees, politicians and celebrities.
Standing (l-r): Bill Durman; Ott Heller; George Hainsworth; Milt Schmidt; Steve Menich; Archie Moore; Rudy Pilous; Jean Beliveau; Red Storey; Reg Gellner; Sandy Hawley; Frank Udvari; Jackie Robinson; Gus McFarlane; Maurice"Lefty" Reid; Aldo Guidolin; Frank Cosentino
Kneeling(r-l): Joe Coffey; Don Awrey; Dom Cardillo; Dean Prentice
In 1965, Reuben Halpern proposed that the KSA establish a Sports Hall of Fame. A year later, community support was evident and the Hall of Fame was formulated under two categories - one for sports and another for pioneers and community builders.
The hall, located at Doon Pioneer Village, was officially opened on June 14, 1972 as part of the Big Brothers Sports Celebrity Dinner where it operated for almost forty years. It then was relocated and, after being closed for several years during construction, re-opened in 2012 on the second floor of the new Waterloo Region Museum on Homer Watson Drive.
There are many Hall of Fame inductees with KSA ties and/or involvement with local minor sports. (More on "KSA" inductees.)