National Wrestling Hall of Fame

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Frequently Asked Questions

National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mission of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame?

The mission of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is to honor the sport of wrestling by preserving its history, recognizing extraordinary achievements and inspiring future generations.

Who owns the National Wrestling Hall of Fame?

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit organization, which is governed by a board comprised of individuals from across the United States.

How is the National Wrestling Hall of Fame funded?

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and its entities are funded by contributions from wrestling supporters, grants, corporate sponsorships and planned estate gifts. The Hall of Fame is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and is independent of all other wrestling organizations. To make a donation to the Hall of Fame, please visit nwhof.org/support or telephone (405) 377-5243. 

What is the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Endowment Fund?

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Endowment Fund provides a perpetual source of annual income for programs and operating costs. Planned and estate gifts from generous supporters provide the future support needed to help the Hall of Fame continue its mission to preserve history, recognize excellence and inspire future generations. 

What is the relationship of the Dan Gable Museum with the National Wrestling Hall of Fame?

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame purchased the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in 2010 and renamed it the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. The Dan Gable Museum has its own staff and operating budget. 

What is the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Legacy Society?

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Legacy Society recognizes individuals who contribute a planned, deferred or cash gift to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Endowment Fund. A bequest is the easiest way to have a lasting impact on the Hall of Fame and its long-term goals. The Hall of Fame can provide expert advice to donors on how to best structure a gift.

If you have already included the Hall of Fame in your estate plans, but have not previously notified us, please let us know. We want to properly thank you for your support, ensure that your wishes are met and plan with you for the Hall of Fame’s future. Please contact the Hall of Fame to learn how to document your wishes and become a member of the Legacy Society.

For more information on how you can include the Hall of Fame in your estate plans, please telephone us at (405) 377-5243 or send an email to info@nwhof.org.

What is the State Chapter program?

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame established its State Chapter program in 1993 to help honor and recognize individuals, at the state level, who have positively impacted the sport of wrestling. The State Chapter program has its own staff and operating budget.

State Chapters pay tribute to those coaches, officials and contributors who represent the best qualities of what the sport of wrestling has to offer and who share those characteristics with young people day in and day out.

The following states do not have a Hall of Fame chapter, preventing many deserving individuals from being recognized: Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont and Wyoming. If you can help start a new chapter in one of these states, please contact State Chapter Director Krista Graff at kgraff@nwhof.org.

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