2017 Summer Programming

UPDATE: OUR SUMMER PROGRAMMING IS FULL FOR 2017! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR OVERWHELMING INTEREST. BE SURE AND CHECK BACK NEXT SUMMER FOR INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP OPPORTUNITIES!

 

Includes: Tour of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, activities on our multisport simulator, and outdoor games in Victoria Park featuring the 150 Participaction Playlist!

Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-11:00am and 1:30-3:00pm

From July 11th to August 24th

Ages 3-12

$1 per person

*Spots are filling up fast!

If interested, please contact:
Vickie Krauss
(306) 780-9232
vkrauss@sshfm.com
www.sasksportshalloffame.com


Featured Exhibits:

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Touchdowns & Fumbles

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Hall of Fame

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The Stories of Indigenous Athletes: Rights and Wrongs

 

Remembrance Day : Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day is a time each year when we pause to reflect and honor those who have served our country, and those who continue to on a daily basis. It is a day that reflects only a small portion of appreciation for the freedom we enjoy as a result of the sacrifice of a brave and dedicated few.

They gave up time in their lives, away from family, friends and home fighting for country with some making the ultimate sacrifice. The reasons why they chose to fight are obvious in that they believe the preservation of our freedoms is paramount and are willing to do whatever it takes to see that they remain intact.

At the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame we honor those who are considered heroes in the realm of sport, but at the same time we realize that this is one of the many things we are privileged to have. Without the dedication and work of these committed and courageous individuals the opportunities to enjoy these sports would potentially not exist. So it is with that in mind that we humbly offer what homage we can to the people who make life as we know it possible.

There exists a list of individuals who not only served their country in the form of our armed forces, but who also contributed to the progression of sports on an elite level. Their skill sets are among the best in history as their physical and mental talents helped raise their respected arenas to the level they are enjoying today. Without these remarkable names it would be impossible to be where we are at.

So with that in mind, here is a small token of our appreciation. A list which recognizes the people who help build both sport as well as this country. Let us take a moment to remember their contributions to both, and honor everything they have done for us.

The SSHF wants to give everyone the chance to see our new exhibit, “Those Who Served: Sportsmen in Our Armed Forces”, so we are offering FREE admission on November 11 & 12. Stop by the Hall from 12-5 each day and celebrate our 81 inductees who have also served in uniform.

-Lest we forget.

Abbot Edward Captain Hockey
Adams Robert Athletics
Archer Sandy Football
Arn Bob Dr. Football
Audette Julien Soaring
Austman Joseph Rifle Shooting
Bailey Harry Swimming
Bath Leonard General
Boesch Garth Hockey
Bower Johnny Hockey
Bricker Calvin Athletics
Charlton Ken Football
Cote Tony Multi Sport
Creswell Aurthur Austin LT Hockey
Decoteau Alex Athletics
Dojack Paul Football
Ebbels Bill Tennis
Eichel Aston Boxing
Elliot Eldon Broadcasting
Forsyth William Athletics
Foster Frank Hockey
Fowler Norman “Heck” Hockey
Germann Frank Hockey
Girgulis James Harry Shooting
Glasser Anton Bowling
Glover Stanley Athletics
Grassick Gordon “Greg” Football
Greyeyes David Soccer
Griffiths Joe Athletics
Griston William “Bill” CPL Hockey
Gutheridge Stanley ‘Hub’ Basketball
Harrison Stanley Captain Equestrian
Herlen Ernest ‘Ossie’ Boxing
Hill Alfred Curling
Howes Rollin Henry “Roly” General
Hunter William ‘Bill’ Hockey
Irvin Dick Sr. Hockey
Juckes Gordon Hockey
Kartusch Mike Hockey
Kirkpatrick J.B. ‘Kirk’ Tennis
Knutson Art Curling
Landa Sam Dr. Sport Medicine
Leddy Jack Dr. Golf
Leicester John Dr. Tennis
Livingstone R.C. ‘Scotty’ Football
Lynn Victor Hockey
Maddia Jack Hockey
McCool Charles Hockey
McCulloch Frederick Hockey
McCutcheon Robert Hockey
McNab Ernie Group Captain Hockey
Melville Tom ‘Scotty’ General
Metz Don Hockey
Metz Nick Hockey
Mitchelmore Harold Athletics
Obodiac Stan Hockey
Otton Charles LT Hockey
Orban William ‘Bill’ Sport Medicine
Petit Claude Private Boxing
Prediger Peter Baseball
Pyle David Ironside Wrestling
Ramsay William Beatty Hockey
Rayner Chuck Hockey
Reid Robert ‘Bobby’ General
Reid Robert Dr. Golf
Ritchie Al Hockey/Football
Ross Tom Golf
Saunders Lloyd Media
Smith D’Arcy Hockey
Staniowski Ed Hockey
Stewart John ‘Jack’ General
Stinson Edgar ‘Wally’ General
Taylor Neil ‘Piffles’ Football
Thomson Earl Athletics
Van Impe Robert Softball
Ward George General
Warwick Claude Boxing
Watson Harold ‘Harry’ Hockey
Whittleton Alfred S. Hockey
Wilken H.J. “Pete” Curling
Wilson Fred Football

What’s On at the SSHF – Up Coming Special Events

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Inductee Open House – Celebrate with the Class of 2015

Join us on Saturday as we celebrate excellence in sport and showcase our newest inductees during a public open house.

 Members of our Class of 2015 will be present for the duration of the event including:

  • Cliff Koroll – Hockey
  • Jason Parker – Speed Skating
  • Sharon Tkachuk – Athletics
  • Richard “Dick” White – Multi Sport
  • 1985 Moose Jaw Generals AA Senior Men’s Hockey Team – Hardy Cup Champions
  • 2009 Eugene Hritzuk Senior Men’s Curling Team – 2009 World Senior Men’s Curling Champions

Get some autographs, challenge someone to a game on the sport simulator, and generally have a lot of fun! Refreshments will be served.

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Barnstorming Baseball on the Prairies Commemoration Tour
* Wednesday, June 17, Saskatoon *
* Thursday, June 18, Regina *

Renowned historian, founding member of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Missouri, and author of nine baseball books, Phil S Dixon is coming to Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame are pleased to host Mr. Dixon for public audiences in both Saskatoon and Regina.

Mr. Dixon will deliver a short presentation highlighting stories from the years of the baseball barnstorming tours.  He has spent two years traveling throughout the United States and now into Canada, delivering speeches in centres along the path of one of the most famous barnstorming teams – the Kansas City Monarchs.

His passion and enthusiasm for this historic team shines through in Phil’s illustrated appearance. Using baseball poetry and transcribing stories from interviews with hundreds of athletes, Phil will take his audience back in time to the small town sports fields of Saskatchewan where locals would spend an afternoon being entertained by the likes of Satchel Paige or Bullet Rogan.

Presentations will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at 3:00 pm at the Saskatoon Public Library, Cliff Wright Branch auditorium and Thursday, June 18, at 3:00 pm at the Regina Public Library, Central Branch theatre.

Admission is free but donations to the Halls of Fame are always welcome. Light refreshments will be available.

Support for this program is made possible through funding from Saskatchewan Lotteries.

Additional Information can be found here

 

For The Record – April 2015

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Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2015

On Thursday, April 16th, President, Trent Fraser, and Induction Celebrations Chair, Linda Burnham, announced the seven inductees who will become the newest members to be enshrined as part of the Class of 2015. The inductees will be officially inducted at the 49th Annual Induction Ceremony to be held at the Conexus Arts Centre on Saturday, June 13th, 2015.

During the announcement, Linda noted that: “2015 has been declared The Year of Sport in Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. The declaration from the Governor General celebrates the role that sport plays in our Canadian identity and its vital connection to the cultural fabric of our nation. Here, at the Saskatchewan Sport Hall of Fame, we certainly echo that sentiment which is truly embodied in our Class of 2015. We look forward to enshrining them during our Induction Celebrations in June. Their accomplishments will also be featured in our Dedication to Sport exhibit as we share with the people of Saskatchewan the great sport history of our province.”

The Class of 2015 includes:

IN THE ATHLETE CATEGORY:

Cliff Koroll – Hockey
Milos Kostic – Triathlon
Jason Parker – Speed Skating

IN THE BUILDER CATEGORY:

Sharon Tkachuk – Athletics
Richard “Dick” White – Multi Sport

IN THE TEAM CATEGORY:

1985 Moose Jaw Generals AA Senior Men’s Hockey Team – Hardy Cup Champions
2009 Eugene Hritzuk Senior Men’s Curling Team – 2009 World Senior Men’s Curling Champions

Tickets to the 49th Annual Induction Dinner & Ceremony are $100/person and are available directly from the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame via 306-780-9232, sshf@sshfm.com, or online at www.sasksportshalloffame.com.

In addition to the announcement of our latest class, there is plenty more going on here at the Hall. We invite you to come and see everything that is new and exciting within our walls, including our latest exhibit Chalk, Wheat and Diamonds: Saskatchewan ‘Ball.

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You can also find out more on our latest happenings by downloading the newest version of For The Record, right here:

For the Record April 2015

Employment Opportunity – Weekend & Casual Staff

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The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is looking for Gallery Hosts/Interpreters.

This opportunity includes the following responsibilities:

Opening & Closing procedures for the Hall of Fame exhibit galleries on weekdays for after hour special event bookings and on weekends for regular operating hours including, but not limited to:
• Assisting with the delivery of SSHF guest services
• Supervising the multi-sport simulator
• Assisting with the delivery of SSHF programming, including setup and cleanup, as required
• Housekeeping – dusting shelves, vacuuming floors, cleaning glass fixtures, etc.

Perfect for part-time summer employment, the position will include regular and/or casual hours available starting Saturday, May 16, 2015.

We are looking for team members who have:
• Interest in, and knowledge of, Saskatchewan sport
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Strong communication skills
• Strong inter-personal skills
• Reached 16 years of age or older

The new members of our team will work with us at the Hall of Fame, located at 2205 Victoria Avenue, right here in Regina. The position comes with salary of $11/hr. Not to mention all the great experience you will get, working with one of Saskatchewan’s most history institutions!

If this sounds like you, please submit a resume, along with cover letter to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame – Attn: Executive Director by May 1, 2015.

Submissions may be submitted via email to sshf@sshfm.com

For additional information:
Sheila Kelly, Executive Director
306-780-9232

Easter Week Activities at Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

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Easter Holidays are almost here. Need something to do with the kids? How about a visit to the SSHF?

Check out our latest exhibit: For Those About to Rock: Women’s Curling in Saskatchewan
Try interactive curling in our wheelchair curling display!
Do a scavenger hunt!

Check out our new Sport Simulator and play like our inductees!
Six different sports available.

We can offer age appropriate activities that promote learning and fun, like a trivia challenge, “I Spy” or pick an inductee!
Use our 3 in gallery iPads to search for your favorite sport or find an inductee.

Easter hours are as follows:
April 7 – April 10
10:30am – 4:30pm

Regular admission charges apply
Adults: $5.00
Seniors: $3.00
Students/Children: $2.00
Children under 5: Free
Family: $10.00

Or purchase a Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame 2015 Membership for unlimited visits!
Individual: $35.00
Family: $50.00

SSHF Honours Inductees Who Served Our Country

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While it is difficult to put this type of gratitude into words, each year on this date, our country does what we can to show our sincere appreciation to those who have given their lives in service of our Nation’s freedom. Here at the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, we are well aware of what words like dedication, sacrifice and commitment stand for, as it is our mission to recognize those people in sport, who best exemplify what these phrases mean.

On November 11 however, that focus shifts and we pay our respects to those who have committed, dedicated and certainly sacrificed everything, in order to keep Canada among the greatest Nations in the world. In sport, similarities are often drawn to a battle, or fight which exists between two sides. Those conflicts though, pale in comparison to what a select few have experienced, beyond the field of play.

With this piece, we aim to thank these people for everything they have done to serve and better the places we live, work and play. Saskatchewan along with the rest Canada is forever grateful to the service men and women of this country. Everything they do on a daily basis ensures Canada remains, well and truly the north, strong and free.

Robert Adams – Athletics
Calvin Bricker – Athletics
Alex Decoteau – Athletics
William Forsyth – Athletics
Stanley Glover – Athletics
Joe Griffiths – Athletics
Harold Mitchelmore – Athletics
Peter Prediger – Baseball
Stanley ‘Hub’ Gutheridge – Basketball
Anton Glasser – Bowling
Gaston Eichel – Boxing
Ernest ‘Ossie’ Herlen – Boxing
Claude Petit – Boxing
Claude Warwick – Boxing
Eldon Elliot – Broadcasting
Alfred Hill – Curling
H.J. “Pete” Wilken – Curling
Captain Stanley Harrison – Equestrian
Sandy Archer – Football
Dr. Bob Arn – Football
Ken Charlton – Football
Paul Dojack – Football
R.C. ‘Scotty’ Livingston – Football
Neil ‘Piffles’ Taylor – Football
Fred Wilson – Football
Leonard Bath – General
Rollin Henry “Roly” Howes – General
Tom ‘Scotty’ Melville – General
Robert ‘Bobby’ Reid – General
John ‘Jack’ Stewart – General
Edgar ‘Wally’ Stinson – General
George Ward – General
Dr. Jack Leddy – Golf
Dr. Robert Reid – Golf
Tom Ross – Golf
Edward Abbott – Hockey
Garth Boesch – Hockey
Johnny Bower – Hockey
Austin Creswell – Hockey
Frank Foster – Hockey
Norman “Heck” Fowler – Hockey
Frank Germann – Hockey
William ‘Bill’ Griston – Hockey
William ‘Bill’ Hunter – Hockey
Dick Irvin Sr. – Hockey
Gordon Juckes – Hockey
Mike Kartusch – Hockey
Victor Lynn – Hockey
Jack Maddia – Hockey
Charles McCool – Hockey
Frederick McCulloch – Hockey
Ernie McNab – Hockey
Don Metz – Hockey
Nick Metz – Hockey
Stan Obodiac – Hockey
William Beatty Ramsay – Hockey
Chuck Rayner – Hockey
Ed Staniowski – Hockey
Harold ‘Harry’ Watson – Hockey
Al Ritchie – Hockey/Football
Tony Cote – Multi Sport
Joseph Austman – Rifle Shooting
James Harry Girgulis – Shooting
Julien Audette – Soaring
David Greyeyes – Soccer
Robert Van Impe – Softball
Dr. Sam Landa – Sport Medicine
William ‘Bill’ Orban – Sport Medicine
Harry Bailey – Swimming
Bill Ebbels – Tennis
J.B. ‘Kirk’ Kirkpatrick – Tennis
Dr. John Leicester – Tennis
David Ironside Pyle – Wrestling

Lest we forget.

Saskatchewan Sport Incorporated Adaptive Sport Grants

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Saskatchewan has the second highest rate in Canada of people who live with a disability at 14.5%. Sport can play an important role in the lives of people with a disability by being part of a healthy lifestyle and providing access to a social network and peer support while developing self-discipline and positive self esteem. Sask Sport Inc. is investing in these two programs because we believe all people, regardless of ability, should be given the chance to participate in sport activities.

Who is eligible to apply?
Local or community clubs/organizations can apply with the endorsement of an Sask Sport Inc. Active/Affiliate member; a provincial sport organization or a district. Active or Affiliate members of Sask Sport Inc. who are on the eligibility list of the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund.

What is the source of funding?
The program is made possible through the financial contributions from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation and is administered through Sask Sport Inc.

What is the approval process & application deadlines?
There are two application deadlines April 15th and October 15th. Once the applications have been received an adjudication committee will meet to determine the recipients. Approximately 6 weeks after the deadline, organizations will be informed of the status of their application.

How do I apply?
It’s really easy, download an application form at: www.sasksport.sk.ca/adaptiveSport.php and provide as much detail as possible, answering each of the planning questions. Submit the application prior to the application deadlines of April 15 & October 15 of each year.

For more information contact:
Michelle Dezell
mdezell@sasksport.sk.ca
(306) 975-0861
www.sasksport.sk.ca

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A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream Is Fast Approaching

Do you have your tickets yet for A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream? We are only 1 week away (Friday, October 25) from our fundraising partnership with the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Full details are available at http://mackenziegala.ca/. You can purchase your tickets online through the website or give us a call at 306-780-9232 to arrange for your purchase.

Here is a list of the packages (to date) available in the Silent Auction:

  • Three Generations of Pride framed print by Jeremy Bresciani and autographed by George Reed, Roger Aldag & Wes Cates
  • The Little General framed print by Jeremy Bresciani
  • The Little Prairie Girl original acrylic on canvas by Gwen Ridout (2013 SSHF Inductee)
  • Chris Getzlaff Action Figurine hand painted by Canadian Custom Sports Figures
  • Panda Bear Racquet original woodwork by Eleanor Ryan framed in a Head Tennis Racquet
  • Personalized Louisville Slugger Bat
  • Smile, You’re on Camera! 2 Hour Rental courtesy of Facebook PhotoBooth valued at $600
  • MacKenzie Art Gallery Vault Tour & Reception
  • Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Grey Cup Reception
  • Conexus Arts Centre Theatre Package Four (4) tickets to an upcoming performance of the Bidder’s Choice
  • High Tea & Concertos High Tea for Four (4) at the Hotel Saskatchewan and Two (2) tickets to any RSO Concert in the 2013/2014 Season
  • Up, Up & Away Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two (2) courtesy of CTV
  • icubanéate! 6 weeks of a Beginner Salsa group class for a couple
  • Hurry Hard! Three (3) private instructional curling sessions (for any experience level) with World Champion, Linda Burnham and an Ivory handle curling “rock” sculpture
  • Night Cap Theatre Two (2) single tickets to the 2013/2014 Globe Theatre Mainstage Production of the Bidders choice and Napoleon Laine Brandy 750 ml
  • Kerry Joseph, Labour Day framed print by Drew Hunter autographed by Kerry Joseph.
  • Kevin Harvick NASCAR Package including NASCAR collectable 1:24 Scale Stock Car autographed by Kevin Harvick with podium showcase, NASCAR golf shirt & NASCAR ball cap

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Artists who have contributed to the Live Auction include:

  • Anne Brochu Lambert
  • Heather Cline
  • David Garneau
  • Kyle Herranen
  • Miranda Jones
  • Kimberly Kiel
  • Belinda Kriek
  • Sharron Labatt
  • Wee Lee
  • Jeannie Mah
  • Grant McConnell
  • John Noestheden
  • Jason Robins
  • Melanie Monique Rose
  • Joseph Sanchez
  • Brendan Schick
  • Gerri Ann Siwek
  • David Thauberger
  • Debbie Wozniak-Bonk

Images of the art work can be viewed at http://mackenziegala.ca/art/

Gala Raffle Ticket Sales

Have you got your tickets to the BIG game yet? Perhaps we can help with the 2013 Gala Art Auction Raffle.

  • The Prize: Two (2) tickets to football’s biggest game of the year to be hosted in Regina on November 24, 2013, plus a limited edition photograph of George Reed, printed on canvas and autographed. Just added to the prize package is an autographed George Reed jersey!
  • The Price: 1 ticket for $20 or 3 tickets for $50. Tickets can be obtained from the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (in person or by phone @ 306-780-9232) or at the MacKenzie Art Gallery Shop (in person).
  • The Draw: Friday, October 25, 2013 during the Gala Art Auction. The winner does not need to be present at the event to win. The winner will be contacted by October 28, 2013. And, we would be delighted to deliver the prize package should the winner reside out of town!

 

Lottery License: SR13-0670

 

A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream: Art & Sport Gala

Ticket sales are well under way for A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream on Friday, October 25. You can call us direct at 306-780-9232 to order yours or purchase them online at www.mackenziegala.ca  Members of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and the MacKenzie Art Gallery can purchase tickets for $90 (including a $30 tax receipt).  Non-member tickets are available for $100 (including a $40 tax receipt).

Here are all of the latest details that you need to know.

Live Auction contributors include a number of well-known Saskatchewan artists:

  • David Thauberger, Fresh Snow
  • Jeannie Mah, Black Amphora
  • Debbie Wozniak-Bonk, Yin and Yang (Dypth)
  • David Garneau, Batoche Pattern II
  • Kyle Herranen, Circles
  • Kimberly Kiel, In Performance
  • John Noestheden, Cluster #4
  • Anne Brochu Lambert, Home-Land Series
  • Sharron Labatt, Nestled in the Valley
  • Heather Cline, Game Day
  • Brendan Schick, Black Sun
  • Jason Robins, Ladies
  • Grant McConnell, Berry Pickers
  • Wee Lee, Dare to be Different
  • Gerri-Ann Siwek
  • Miranda Jones
  • Belinda Kriek
  • Melanie Monique Rose

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Silent Auction contributors include:

  • Jeremy Bresciani, Three Generations of Pride, autographed by George Reed, Roger Aldag & Wes Cates
  • Jeremy Bresciani, The Little General
  • Gwen (Wall) Ridout, original art
  • Plan B Design, original art on a steer skull
  • Jason Robins, original art
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, personalized Louisville Slugger Bat
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame, NASCAR collectibles package autographed by Kevin Harvick
  • Facebooth Photo Booth, 2 Hour Photobooth Rental
  • Globe Theatre, 2 Tickets to a Globe Theatre Mainstage production of choice
  • Conexus Arts Centre, 4 Tickets to an upcoming production of choice
  • Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza, High Tea for 4
  • Cubaneate Dance, 6 weeks of a Beginner Salsa group class for a couple
  • CTV, Hot Air Balloon Ride for 2

More items are being added daily…..

Can’t attend the big event but want to help out in some way?  Consider purchasing raffle tickets for what can only be described as the BIGGEST game of the year (in Regina anyway).  The draw will be held at the Gala but the winner does not have to be in attendance to claim their prize of 2 tickets to the BIG game, and an autographed canvas print of George Reed. Tickets are $20 each or 3 for $50.  Call 306-780-9232 to purchase or drop in to the SSHF.

A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream is designed to be a highly entertaining evening celebrating athletic accomplishment alongside artistic impression.  We hope that you will join in the fun!

Sport & Art – A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream

We are excited to announce that the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is partnering with the MacKenzie Art Gallery to host a Gala Art Auction, which will take place Friday, October 25 at 6:30 pm in the T.C. Douglas Building, Regina.   Not sure about the “Gala Art” concept?  Don’t be worried.  This event is designed to be a whole lot of fun and dressing up is definitely encouraged!

This event, A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream, will take a step back in time to ancient Greece where the artistic expression of sculptors, poets, and artisans was celebrated alongside the athletic events of the Olympic Games.

* The Live Auction will feature a variety of works generously donated by a wide range of talented Canadian artists. Get your game on and bid up your fellow art & sport enthusiasts to add to your own personal art collection!

* The Silent Auction will have an impressive array of packages including artwork and experience packages created for the ultimate art & sport enthusiasts.

* Topping off the evening will be a number of raffle prize draws featuring an assortment of unique prizes.

This enchanting evening of art and sport will raise much needed funds for the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and the MacKenzie Art Gallery.  Ticket sales are now live.  To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, please check out the link available at http://mackenziegala.ca/

We are excited about this new partnership and we hope to see you at A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream!

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Doors Open Regina

Those of us who are involved with the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame know that it is a special place. Not only because of the timeless pieces it holds with regards to the sporting world, but also because of the rich historical value it holds in this province.

Housing some of Saskatchewan’s most memorable and valuable sporting artifacts, the hall provides countless hours of learning, observation and storytelling the likes of which exists in few other buildings on the planet. Sport however, is not the only thing it has to offer.

Thanks to a new event hosted by Regina Downtown BID entitled Doors Open Regina we have been given the chance to show off not only the contents of the Hall, but the Hall itself. There is a rich history within the building, almost as rich as the history of the building itself.

For example, did you know that the Hall is located in the Land Titles building along with several other sport related associations for the province? The Land Titles building was the first building commissioned by the new provincial government in 1906 and was officially completed in 1910. There are many features of the building which coincide with not only building trends of the time but also things like concrete and marble construction which corresponded with fireproofing codes of the 1910s.

There is so much history, not only with the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, but also with our incredible Land Titles building that it would be impossible to share it all with you in a few words on this site.

This is why the Hall, in cooperation with Doors Open Regina would like to invite you all to come experience it for yourself at a free open house on Saturday June 1. Our exhibits will be on display free of charge during our regular hours, with the event itself running from 10am-2pm. Also on display will be many of the other iconic buildings in Regina’s downtown area.

Never Give Up – Regina

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Last week I had the privilege of attending one of the most heartfelt, emotionally charged and inspiring events I have ever been a part of. It was the Regina portion of the “Never Give Up” tour, which is put on by The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame with help from our friends at SaskEnergy. It featured stories from two individuals whose lives and careers have been full of action, excitement and life lessons like few others, even in a sporting world where incredible stories seem to be commonplace.

The event started with a couple of great introductions, which gave our elementary school audience a premise for the almost unbelievable tales they were about to hear. First up was Regina-born Kia Byers, who has accomplished more in less than three decades than most would hope to in an entire lifetime.

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Her story is one of dedication and success which was driven by her motivation to achieve a number of goals and supported by a loving family, great coaches and teammates and an entire country behind her as she worked day in and day out for nearly fourteen years to get where she is today.

Along her path there were numerous setbacks, from injuries, to losses, to near misses that may have forced a lesser-driven athlete to abandon their dreams all together. Instead, Kia used them as fuel to pull herself off the proverbial mat and continue pushing forward, willing herself to never give up.

As she grew somewhat older and in the process wiser, Kia found a way to quantify her progression and accomplishments, which would not only help her stay the course, but also feel rewarded on her way to achieving her long-term goals.

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She spoke to our young audience about the importance of setting targets for yourself, not only on a grandiose scale like she had with the Olympic Games, but also taking smaller steps along the way like giving yourself personal bests for the sport or activity you are participating in.

Perhaps more importantly however, Kia talked about how her journey has shown her that being a top-level athlete is not the most paramount thing in life. When something like an injury happens, even the most accomplished in a sport are forced to look at life outside of competition and this lead Kia to reflect on herself and refocus on becoming “The best Kia” she could be.

Our second speaker, who throughout his life has been of the mindset that a solid background in sport and athletics should merely serve as a platform to create an outstanding individual, later reiterated this lesson.

This was especially touching in Kia’s case because, while she is no longer actively in the sport of Sprint Kayaking competitively, she is about to embark on her most rewarding journey to date as an expectant mother. With these unforgettable lessons and experiences under her belt, there was not a single doubt in the entire audience that both the young mom and her child will continue to set a great example of how sport can help to mold incredible individuals who not only inspire us, but serve the world well in their daily lives.

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The second speaker who I mentioned above, has been the focus of the Never Give Up tour as his book of the same name has served as the focal point of previous presentations and continues to not only inspire the young audiences he addresses, but countless readers and adults he has spoken to over the years.

His name is Ted Jaleta and his accomplishments as a distance runner, which are quite impressive, continue to be overshadowed by his story of survival and the way he inspires hundreds of people to continue on in the face of adversity, even when the odds seem insurmountable against them.

Ted was born and raised in Ethiopia; where the hurdles he faced make most in our daily lives seem like mere speed bumps. While his mother and father had never been exposed to any level of education themselves, there was nothing more important in their eyes than for their son to have a chance for a better life; they saw this opportunity through education.

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Young Ted first found he was a gifted runner not through love for the sport, as he was unaware that even existed. Rather he honed his skills with the miles of running he had to do each day in order to get to and from school. For Ted running was a means of daily transportation before it was ever a means to see the world through competition of any sort. If you were to ask him nearly fifty years ago a younger Jaleta had aspirations of a World Cup soccer title and none of international road racing success.

While his skill as a runner maybe have come by accident, it did lead Ted to national level success and even saw him groomed as a potential Olympian who might one day represent his country on the world’s biggest stage.

After years of struggling to attain an education while growing as a racer, Ted was faced with more adversity as he attempted to pursue post secondary knowledge. During this time, Ted was persecuted within his nation and forced to flee and hide just to survive.

After spending time literally on the run and seeking refuge at a camp in Kenya, Mr. Jaleta was fortunate enough to be sponsored by the Canadian government and find a new home here in Regina, where he has resided since 1982.

In the years since arriving here, he has once again overcome struggle. This time it was not survival that he was worried about but rather, fitting in and making a life for himself in a city, and country which he knew next to nothing about.

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Like Kia however, strong life lessons had been learned along his journey and he used the knowledge he had gained over the years to persevere and strive unwaveringly for as long as he needed to see his dreams become a reality.

Ted is now happily married with a beautiful family and spends his time working and speaking with the youth of the community, looking only to give them the same incredible opportunities he has been able to take advantage of. He still runs of course, only it is no longer with the same consequence it once was, nor as Ted will tell you, with the same speed.

At the end of the day, the curious young minds that filled the auditorium where filled with many new thoughts, questions and of course the important knowledge and inspiration they need so that when life deals them a set back, they too will find a way to never give up.

Thanks again to our presenting sponsor, SaskEnergy, as well as The Regina Performing Arts Center for the amazing opportunity to hear these two incredible stories told. I would like to invite all of you to take some time and find out a little more about Kia and Ted, as the few words I have written here simply do not do them justice.

Read more about Kia Byers at her website – www.kiabyers.com

Find more on Ted Jaleta via his online resource – www.tedjaleta.com
as well as right here at The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on:
Ted Jaleta’s Inductee Profile Page.

Past President’s Luncheon

This past Tuesday we had the privilege of hosting a number of our past presidents in the first of what will become a regular event. These individuals have seen the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame (SSHF) through many important milestones over our 47 year history.  The meeting was an opportunity to share the vision of the current Board of Directors, receive feedback about this direction, and encourage the continued involvement of everyone in the SSHF’s operations.

What an opportunity!  While still very committed to the SSHF, it’s a rare day – if ever – that we have been able to get all of these individuals in the same room at the same time.  Such camaraderie and shared vision was immediately evident, and all still hold that shared passion for the SSHF.  Over lunch the future direction of the SSHF was discussed and critiqued, resulting in the knowledge that our future can be very bright.

Included in this post is a photo of the SSHF presidents and a recap of when each of them were at the helm of one of the most storied pieces of Saskatchewan sports history.

We would like to thank each and every one of the individuals who were able to take time out of their busy schedules to be a part of this and we look forward to seeing more of them in the future.

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From left to right: Back Row: Alan Ford (2007), Cas Pielak (2000), Robert Millar (2004)
Front Row: George Reed (1980-1984), Marlene Hoffman (1999), Hugh Vassos (2011 – Current), Barry Taman (2006), Craig Adam (2008), Paul Spasoff (2009,2010)

Regular Hours Are Back

In case you missed it on our Facebook and Twitter pages, we closed our doors last week to update our exhibits with new and exciting displays that are full of great information that will keep you busy for hours inside the hall. After our December exhibits were so well received we knew that what came next had to be something that was unique and would truly capture the spirit of sport in this province.

If you don’t play hockey, what do people do in Saskatchewan in the winter? Curling, Broomball, Ringette, Skating, Skiing, and Snowshoeing are just some of the sports that come to mind and will be featured in the exhibit with artifacts from the permanent collection. Also on display will be a mini-exhibit focusing on Old Timers Hockey.

Now that the exhibits have been changed over and “Winter In Saskatchewan” is ready for viewing we are happy to announce that our regular viewing hours are back and that means there are plenty of chances for you to come see everything that is new in the gallery. If you were curious as to what these regular hours are, The Saskatchewan Sports Hall Of Fame is opening for viewing from 9am-5pm every Monday to Friday. If you have any questions about this, or any other happenings at the hall you can also feel free to contact us at (306) 780-9232.

See you soon!