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Day Trip Destination: Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

5:09 PM, Aug 3, 2011   |    comments
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The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame opened its doors for the first time in 1999 to showcase talented athletes from our state. 

"There are so many great athletes from Georgia, you know. It's tough. You have to be exceptional to get in here," says Senior Curator, Benjamin Baughman.

He says there are 400 members currently in the Hall of Fame and they induct seven more each year.

The inductees receive a navy blue jacket, a ring, a plaque, and an invitation to the induction ceremony in February.

The athletes considered must be either from the Peach State or played for a team in Georgia. Anyone can nominate a player whom they believe is worthy of the Hall of Fame.

Baughman says a nomination form is located on their website, www.gshf.org. 

The museum gives visitors a look into the great athletes of college sports, olympic sports, and professional players. There is also a corner devoted to high school sports.

Baughman says the most popular spot in museum is the interactive one.  He says there is a "NASCAR that you can drive,  a basketball court, a football field that you can play on and kick field goals. You can test how high you can jump and your reflexes."

You can also step into the shoes of a sports announcer.

The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm.

Tickets are: $8 for adults, $3.50 for children 16 and under and $6 for seniors, students and military.

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