New museum enjoys a ‘sporting’ chance of success

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The Sports Museum of America (SmA),, the nation’s first and only interactive, multi-media all sports museum experience, is set to open in Manhattan May 7.

As the first museum to pay tribute to the history and excitement of all sports, SmA has partnered with more than 50 single sports Halls of Fame, national governing bodies and other top athletic organizations, to showcase inspiring exhibits, memorabilia, stories and heroes that resonate with fans of all ages.

In addition to hosting the first women’s sports hall of fame, SmA will also be the new permanent home of the Billie Jean King International Women’s Sports Center and the legendary Heisman Trophy and annual presentation.

Located at 26 Broadway, in the heart of Lower Manhattan and at the corner of Broadway and Beaver Streets, SmA will be steps away from the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island ferries, Wall Street, South Street Seaport and the 9/11 memorial currently underway.

Partners include the USA Football and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, NASCAR, USA Basketball and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the NCAA Hall of Champions, USA Hockey, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Women’s Sports Foundation, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum, USA Track & Field, the National Track and Field Hall of Fame and more.

SmA has also tapped some of the most decorated, iconic sports stars in America for its Honorary Board of Trustees. Founding members of the Board include seven-time NBA All-Star Jason Kidd, Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, Olympic Hall of Famer Mary Lou Retton, former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier, racing legend Mario Andretti, tennis great Martina Navratilova and Basketball Hall of Famer Julius “Dr. J” Erving.

Some of these athletes have donated memorabilia of great significance to the Museum so visitors can personally connect to the lives and history of their favorite sports legends.

Through cutting-edge interactive exhibits, SmA will use the latest technology to put visitors “in” the game.

SmA is the only multi-media museum experience dedicated to the celebration of all sports. In addition to the memorabilia and state-of-the-art digital interactives, there will be over 20 original signature films within a number of the exhibits.

In addition to the exhibits that highlight individual sports, SmA also boasts themed sections.

The Sports Museum of America will be the permanent home of one of sports most revered honors

Updated 3:47 pm, October 19, 2011
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