Resolution J5837-2013

Commending the International Boxing Hall of Fame upon the occasion of its 25th Anniversary

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  • Jun 17, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 17, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 12, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commending the International Boxing Hall of Fame
upon the occasion of its 25th Anniversary

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  recognize  those
outstanding  institutions  within  our midst that have had a significant
impact on our culture by effectively preserving and honoring New  York's
rich history; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to  such  concern,  and in full accord with long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commend
the  International  Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, upon the
occasion of its 25th Anniversary to be celebrated during  Hall  of  Fame
weekend June 5-8, 2014; and
  WHEREAS,  For  the  past  25  years,  the mission of the International
Boxing Hall of Fame has been to honor and preserve boxing's rich  herit-
age, chronicle the achievements of those who have excelled in the sport,
and  to  provide an educational experience to thousands of visitors each
year; and
  WHEREAS, Beginning more than a century ago with the  reign  of  heavy-
weight  champion  John  L.  Sullivan, professional boxing champions have
been among the most celebrated athletes in United  States  history,  but
for  many  years,  there was no structure to chronicle and preserve that
history; and
  WHEREAS, The idea for an International Boxing Hall of Fame grew out of
Canastota's desire to honor two of their hometown boxing  champions  and
all  other boxing legends, so a large group of dedicated boxing enthusi-
asts from the Village of Canastota and  the  Town  of  Lenox  united  to
establish  a home for the sport, and what would be the first boxing hall
of fame on the East Coast; and
  WHEREAS, In 1989, the International Boxing Hall of Fame was completed,
and two dozen boxing legends witnessed the  momentous  occasion  with  a
ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration; and
  WHEREAS,  One  year later, the first class of boxing legends, Muhammad
Ali, Emile Griffith, Carmen Basilio, Billy Conn, Willie Pep, Bob Foster,
Jake LaMotta, Kid Gavilan, Jose Napoles, Archie  Moore,  Sandy  Saddler,
Carlos  Monzon,  Joe  Frazier, and Jersey Joe Walcott, was inducted into
the International Boxing Hall of Fame; and
  WHEREAS, Over the past 25 years, the International Boxing Hall of Fame
has honored and inducted 412 boxers, trainers and other contributors  to
the sport worldwide; the Hall of Fame has also expanded by adding a wing
with  interactive  exhibits to the Museum and an event pavilion adjacent
to the Hall; and
  WHEREAS, The  International  Boxing  Hall  of  Fame  holds  an  annual
induction  ceremony  in  early June as the highlight of a four-day cele-
bration; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  the  International Boxing Hall of Fame upon the occasion of its
25th Anniversary; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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