Business Name: Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
Name of person who submitted form: Joel Rubin
Phone Number: 757-456-5212
President's Name: Joel Rubin
President's Title: Chairman of the Board of Directors
What are your business's core values, goals, and overall mission?:
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame is a 51 year old non-profit that honors outstanding athletes, coaches, journalists and other contributors to amateur and professional athletics in the Commonwealth.
Share some unique facts and business history? What makes your business stand out?:
Since 2005, the VSHF has operated a museum in Portsmouth that has had to close because of financial constraints. But the decision to reduce operating costs by selling the museum building created an opportunity to change the Hall's operating model. The VSHF, though a partnership with Armada Hoffler and the City of Virginia Beach, will install new displays in several lobbies at Va Beach Town Center and commence a series of highly topical programs revolving around sports, the first of which will be August 24 from 6-9pm at the Westin Hotel. Called Pro Football Fantasy Fest, it will feature two NFL veterans and a panel of fantasy league champions, led by WAVY TV's Andy Fox and Va Secretary of the Commonwealth Brian Moran. Cost is $25 and includes dinner. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What products or services do you offer companies or individuals?:
We will offer education and programming about Virginia and national sports.
What are the greatest obstacles and/or challenges that your business has faced? How have you and your business overcome them?:
Our greatest challenge has been the cost of operating a museum. We are addressing that by selling our building in Portsmouth and establishing a free pedestrian tour called "Walk the Hall" in several office and hotel lobbies in Town Center. We hope to have that in place by early 2018. We will cover our budget through sponsorships and memberships.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?:
We are very proud of how many men and women we have honored over the past several decades and by changing our model, we will be able to continue doing so.
What do you see for the future of your business?:
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, by being free of a building, can now focus on programs to engage sports fans across Virginia, starting with the ones who live and work in Town Center, a vibrant mixed use community of 5,000 employees and 2,000 residents, most of whom have college degrees, in many cases from a Virginia college or university. They will be our primary supporters.
Why are you a member of the Hampton Roads Chamber?:
The Chamber brings business people together for networking and programming and to rally for improvements and legislation that benefits the community at large. It's critical to businesses and non-profits, including the VSHF.