The Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame (formerly African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame) was established in 2000 in Oakland, California to broaden the public understanding of ethnic history and the role of diversity and cultural tolerance in the growth of professional sports.
MESHOF gives the worldthe opportunity to better understand the impact African Americans and other ethnic groups have had on professional sports and society. Over 350 retired athletes have been enshrined, as well as coaches. Over 200 community leaders have been honored at our induction ceremonies. In addition, more than 125 sports legends and over 50 current players support our Hall of Fame Programs.
We have “honored” many non-minorities in the past with various community awards because these honorees have a deep-seeded commitment to community service and help keep our community whole. With society becoming more multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic, since 2010 began inducting athletes no matter their race, creed or color.
While we are honoring community leaders, sports heroes and heroines from the past, we want to also draw attention to our after school intervention programs (in the cities where our ceremonies are held), through which we address the dismal academic performance of our youth. We emphasize that it’s not about career wins; it’s about real life victories.
Many of our social problems-crime, unemployment, and homelessness-are a direct result of an education system that has failed our youth. We have provided employment training and job opportunities for over 100 young people in four years from our Academic Achievers Academy.
MESHOF not only recognizes deserving athletes and community leaders, but is structured to help young people enter the curve of excellence and carve out a better and vibrant future. And we are committed to do even more to empower our youth to lead productive lives. We are a 501(c) (3) nonprofit.
MESHOF presents a weekly global Internet talk show: National and International Roundtable at 7pm EST with national and international guests and addressing many topics besides sports.