The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame dates back to 1962 when the Sports Award Committee of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce brought a long talked about idea to life.
Queen City businessman Jack Wood and attorney Lloyd Caudle led the efforts, hosting the first meeting on February 8, 1963. The group adopted a constitution and elected the inaugural class of inductees — Jim Beatty, Wes Ferrell, Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice, Ace Parker and Estelle Lawson Page. The first induction banquet was hosted the following December in Charlotte.
The board envisioned a permanent home for the Hall and memorabilia it collected. In 1969, the original Charlotte Coliseum, at the time one of the showplace arenas in the Southeast, agreed to display the mementos in trophy cases in the corridor of the building, with the hope that expansion of the building would include a Hall of Fame Room. Unfortunately, support for the expansion waned, and the memorabilia was transferred to the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, which already was overcrowded and could offer only a limited exhibition.