|Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame|
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Ex-Bulldog Helps Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame
Kevin Goessling is our new Director of Development. He is spearheading the Capital Campaign to raise enough money to create a fully interactive presence for the Hall of Fame at the Fresno State Save Mart Center.
The project is a partnership between the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame, Fresno State and the Fresno County Office of Education.
Establishing a permanent home for the FCAHOF has been a longtime goal of the organization and in particular Pete Mehas, the California State University Board of Trustees member and former Fresno County Office of Education Superintendent who died in 2013 after serving more than two decades as president. Mehas’ death sparked the FAHOF’s Board of Directors to fulfill his vision, according to current president, Walter Byrd Jr.
“When (Mehas) passed away, suddenly, we re-energized around what the core values of what the Hall of Fame are: presence in the community and inspiring the future,” Byrd said. “This is by far the biggest effort the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame has ever made to establish a presence in this community.”
Every year since 1959, the FCAHOF has held an Enshrinement Dinner to honor the newest class of inductees. However, there has never been an actual Hall of Fame for people to visit. Access has been limited to exhibits, including one at The Big Fresno Fair Museum that houses photos and memorabilia displays representing the 300-plus inductees.
What the FCAHOF and its partners have in mind isn’t a typical Hall of Fame that stands as a monument to the past. Instead, they are aiming to build something that benefits future generations. Of course, there will be photos and memorabilia representing Fresno County’s rich athletic tradition. However, the primary thrust is educational. What’s envisioned are learning modules with video and audio designed around character-building traits such as perseverance, teamwork and goal-setting taken from the lives of past inductees.