The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame was created in 2005 under the guiding hand of Bill Dooley. We honored our first class of inductees in 2006 and have continued the tradition of honoring four or five individuals each year at our Legends Induction Banquet.
We are a non-profit organization and survive due to the hard work of our Board of Directors and the goodwill of the greater Wilmington community. It is the Wilmington area community members that support our efforts to recognize our inductees and serve as our sponsors.
Bill Dooley Scholarship Program
The Bill Dooley Scholarship Program was established in honor of Coach Bill Dooley, long-time, award-winning Atlantic Coast Conference Head Football Coach. Each year the GWSHOF awards scholarships in recognition of each of its inductees into the Hall of Fame. The scholarship is awarded to a high school selected by each inductee. The high schools will then award the scholarships to student athletes that successfully balance being good students and good citizens, while also making a significant contribution to their respective sport.
GWSHOF Board of Directors
George Roundtree III
Robert H. McGee, Jr.
Lendward (Lenny) Simpson
Bill & Debbie Rudisill
Cape Fear Community College
Carolina Coast Holdings
David Esposito – Carolina Sports Medicine
Eddie Biedenbach – Bill Pelon
Eddie & Jean Lawler
Ed Whiteside Family
Herb McKim – McKim & Creed
House of Raeford – Cowan Johnson
HSM Machine Works (Craig Wigley)
Lenny Simpson Tennis and Education Fund
Live Oak Bank
McColl & Assoc. & Flash Promotions
UNCW Athletic Dept.
Wilmington Business Development (Satterfield)
Wilmington Star News