In 1987, fifteen Inductees into the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame were announced at a ceremony held in the Sir James Whitney School Auditorium. It was an emotional scene for all in attendance.
This event was the culmination of a group of individuals who strongly believed that the rich sporting history of the City of Belleville, Prince Edward and Hastings Counties should be permanently enshrined in a Sports Hall of Fame. In 1986, under the leadership of founder Paul Kirby and with support from the City’s Recreation Department, a Committee that included James Hurst, Drury Denyes, Denis Newman and Fred Brooks put together the necessary framework to make the Hall of Fame a reality. We are forever indebted to these individuals and the vision they had.
Since the inaugural Induction Ceremony in 1987 and up to 2010, a total of 87 athletes, builders and teams have been inducted into the hall. The plaques recognizing the achievements of the inductees were annually added to the Hall of Fame display at the Yardman Arena and the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre (QSWC). Eventually, as the number of inductees grew, additional space was required.
In 2016, a new HOF Committee was introduced and they led the way to have the HOF plaques relocated to a larger, more easily accessed location on the 2nd floor of the QSWC.
In November, 2017 the Hall of Fame was renamed to “The Vaughan Family Belleville Sports Hall of Fame”, in recognition of the contributions of the Vaughan Family to Belleville’s sporting history. Dr. Robert L. Vaughan was inducted into the Hall in 1993 as a Builder. He was instrumental in bringing the Belleville Bulls Ontario Hockey League Team to Belleville in 1981. His full bio can be seen in the HOF Members Section of this web site.
Display cases were added early in 2017 to ensure that all visitors to the QSWC could enjoy the history and artifacts of the members of the HOF. A “Re-opening Ceremony” will be held in September 2017, with a number of HOF members, local dignitaries and media in attendance.
The HOF Committee also manages the McDonalds Belleville High School Athlete of the Year Program, which recognizes the top female and male athletes from eight high schools in the region.
We invite the public to enjoy The Belleville Sports Hall of Fame and to support it with nominations of worthy athletes, builders and teams.0