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.
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce President, J.M. “Mack” Wasson, businessman Jack Wood, and attorney Lloyd Caudle guided 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. What started as the first planning meeting to create the Hall (March 27, 1962), the first group of Directors, along with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association, hosted the first Induction Celebration on April 15, 1963 inside the Queen Charlotte Hotel.
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.