The purpose of the corporation is to foster amateur sports competition by recognizing present and former area athletes, coaches and others who have distinguished themselves in the field of athletics, either individually or by virtue of their performance on or in connection with athletic teams representing their high school, community college, four-year college, university or professional team or sport: or by meritorious effort on behalf of athletics. The corporation will annually nominate, elect, honor and award truly outstanding Saginaw County male and female athletes, both past and present.
The Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame debuted its first-ever Athlete of the Year in 2005. The award, presented annually to at least one senior from a Saginaw County high school, is voted upon by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors. In 2009, the award was renamed in honor of Dr. Tom Slade.
The Castle Museum of Saginaw County History will soon become the new home of the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame has entered into a 10-year agreement with the museum, located at 500 Federal Avenue in Saginaw, to become its official home. Fundraising to refurbish one of the main rooms on the first floor of the museum has been ongoing. A local architectural firm, TSSF of Saginaw, has been hired to help with the design of the room which will include memorabilia and unique sports-related items from throughout the county.
Spence Brothers Construction Company has gutted the room, replaced windows, painted and is now in the process of re-doing the flooring. Currently, the room is about 95 percent completed.