The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage excellence through sports, academics, health and fitness; preserving our sports heritage while building pride in Oklahoma in the spirit of Jim Thorpe.
Established in 1986, originally as the Jim Thorpe Association, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame’s main goal is to promote Oklahoma, while honoring and recognizing great Oklahoman's who have represented the state positively at not only the state level, but also the national and international levels. Each year, the Association honors five to six individuals by inducting them into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to the Hall of Fame, the OSHOF is nationally recognized for annually awarding the Jim Thorpe Award to the top defensive back in college football and the Warren Spahn Award given annually to the best left handed pitcher in professional baseball. Throughout the last 30 years, the OSHOF has also been a leading advocate for promoting healthy lifestyles in the school children of Oklahoma. The OSHOF also is proud to give back to the community each year through its Bright Path Youth Programs including the state's largest drug free initiative, Red Ribbon Week.