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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in Red Deer receives $300K in provincial funding

Minister of Sport and Tourism Joseph Schow stands in front of the wall of inductees at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame during a funding announcement on Thursday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

The provincial government is providing $302,500 to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Museum.

Minister of Tourism and Sport Joseph Schow announced the funding on Thursday during a visit to the Hall of Fame, which honours the accomplishments of Alberta athletes and sport leaders.

“Alberta’s future is stronger when we understand and preserve our history and celebrate our successes,” said Schow.

“Places like the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame help us do just that. I’m proud our government is supporting it, as it spotlights Albertans with incredible athletic achievements and community contributions.”

The provincial government states this funding will ensure that Albertans can continue to celebrate the province’s turning-point moments and growing legacy in sport.

“We are grateful for the support we have received from the Alberta government,” said Dale Henwood, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame chair.

“Their funding has played a pivotal role in sustaining the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, allowing us to preserve and celebrate the rich sporting history of our province. This support not only enhances our ability to showcase the achievements of the athletes, teams and sport champions but also reinforces the significant role sport plays in our community.”

Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston says Red Deer “proudly stands” as a hub for sports excellence and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame plays a pivotal role in preserving and promoting the province’s athletic legacy.

“The City of Red Deer is grateful for the Alberta government’s continued support, ensuring that this institution continues to inspire future generations by showcasing the remarkable achievements of our athletes and community leaders,” Johnston said in a media release.

An estimated 20,000 people visited the Hall of Fame annually, over the past two years. Exhibits on different sports and sport organizations, including the Hall of Fame Gallery that showcases the athletes and sport builders who have been inducted annually since 1957, are available to view at the museum.

For more information on the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, visit

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Sean McIntosh

About the Author: Sean McIntosh

Sean joined the Red Deer Advocate team in the summer of 2017. Originally from Ontario, he worked in a small town of 2,000 in Saskatchewan for seven months before coming to Central Alberta.
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