In an effort to perform CPR on the dormant (since 2009) Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, guided tours have been set up to help protect and preserve this resource for generations to come.
Revive The Hall, headed by Gregg Hoffmann and Rick Schabowski, has been shepherding folks around the impressive array of bronze plaques located on the east end of the U.S. Cellular Arena on North 4th Street between Kilbourn Avenue and State Street.
'Gridiron Greats' is the theme of the next tour which will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Major Goolsby's, 340 West Kilbourn (414-271-3414). The event kicks off at 11 a.m.
Schabowski will deliver a PowerPoint presentation followed by a tour of the plaques and the football players who have been immortalized in bronze.
The group will then return to Goolsby's following the 45-minute tour to have lunch and exchange stories.
The tour itself is free and open to the public. Attendees are responsible for their lunch.
The first two Revive The Hall events had a baseball theme, focusing on the boys of summer.
Now that the leaves are falling and the temperatures are dropping, thoughts have naturally turned to football.
Former Green Bay Packer Bob Long, a wide receiver in the Lombardi Era, legendary sports scribe Bud Lea and Drew Olson, co-host of the D-List on 540 ESPN radio and www.espnwisconsin.com are expected to attend and contribute their expertise.
From Don Hutson to Elroy Hirsch to Ray Nitschke to Reggie White.
There is a rich history of athletes that were either born in Wisconsin or played their college and/or pro careers in The Dairy State.
Revive The Hall is a volunteer group dedicated to do whatever it can to resuscitate the entity and get it to where new inductees are added on a biennial basis.
The Wisconsin Center District is currently in negotiations to regain ownership of the plaques from the bankrupt Madison-based group which operated the hall until 2009.