History of Elgin Sports Hall of Fame
The Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation was established in 1980. At that time, the foundation's mission was to induct Elgin's outstanding athletes, coaches/administrators, and friends of sports into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame. An initial group of 10 individuals were inducted in 1980, with the Hall of Fame currently composed of 140 inductees.
The second mission of the foundation is the scholarship program for student/athletes. Originally begun in 1981 with one $500 scholarship, annual donations and a golf outing have enabled the organization to award $1000 scholarships to 25 student/athletes that live in and/or attend high school in Elgin.
The third mission, begun in 1998, is the annual presentation of outstanding achievement awards and recognition to individuals and teams that have contributed to the success of Elgin's great sports history during the current year or through a lifetime of contribution.