About Us

Our Mission...

Our Core Values...

Our Core Values...

To encourage excellence through sports, academics, health and fitness; preserving our sports heritage while building pride in Oklahoma in the spirit of Jim Thorpe.

Our Core Values...

Our Core Values...

Our Core Values...

Inspire Youth
Preserve History
Remember Heroes

Define Excellence

Educate and Entertain

Our Principle...

Our Core Values...

Our Principle...

To encourage, honor and recognize individuals with excellent character, demonstrated through participation in sports.

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. In August of 2013, the two brands, which were literally the same  organization with the same administration, same board of directors and same values, selected the name "Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame" as the cohesive umbrella brand of the organization going forward.

Each year, we honor individuals by inducting them into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to the Hall of Fame, we are nationally recognized for the Jim Thorpe Museum and annually awarding the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award to the top defensive back in college football. We are also home to the Warren Spahn Award, given annually to the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. Throughout the last 30 years, we have been a leading advocate for promoting healthy lifestyles in the school children of Oklahoma. We are proud to give back to the community each year through our Bright Path Youth Program, including the state's  largest drug free initiative, Red Ribbon Week.

Our Staff

Mike James, President / Executive Director

Office: (405) 427-1400

Direct: (405) 402-1833


Olivia James, Marketing Communications & Event Director

Office: (405) 427-1400
Direct: (405) 402-1836

Justin Lenhart, Museum Curator

Office: (405) 427-1400
Direct: (405) 402-1840

Our Staff is a hardworking team committed to giving back to our community, sharing our passion for athletics, and in all that we accomplish, continually showing the same character that embodies the spirit of Oklahoma and the spirit of Jim Thorpe.

Our Board


Gregg Vandaveer, Chairman

President & CEO, Sooner State Bank

Frank Naifeh, Secretary / Treasurer

President & CEO, Naifeh & Associates, Inc.


Brian Alford | Vice President, OG&E

Roy Bishop | Assistant Vice President, American Fidelity Assurance Company
J. Ted Bonham | Attorney at Law
Bob Burke | Attorney at Law
Nevyle Cable | President, First National Bank of Okmulgee
Michael Child | Executive Manager, Sonic Automotive
Jeffrey Cruzan, M.D. | President, IMG at INTEGRIS Health
Jeff Ewing | Chief Development Officer, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Eddie Griffin | Director of Athletics, University of Central Oklahoma
Kevin W. Hargrove, M.D. | President & CEO, Orthopedic Solutions
Brad Henry | Attorney at Law
Frank Johnson, Jr. | Executive Officer of Commerce & Governmental Affairs, The Chickasaw Nation
Randy Stafford | President, Prosperity Bank
Daniel Stith | President & CEO, Wealth Management Strategies

Anita Thorpe | Jim Thorpe Family Representative

Donovan Woods | Associate Director of Development, OSU-OKC

Our Board is a distinguished group of community minded individuals make up the Board  of Directors that governs the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. As non-compensated board members, these individuals embody the character, integrity and leadership that the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Association were founded on in 1986.

Our Executive Council

Pat Adams

Scott Allen

Lynton Allred

Dr. Gary Anderson

Keith Baxter

Kayla Blount

Chad Borin, D.O.

Phil Boykin

Mike Brock

Mike Brown

Allen Bumgardner

David Burshek

Joe Castiglione

Mike Chancellor

Coleman Clark

Dr. Mel Clark

Mitchell Clark

Craig A. Clemons

Eric Combs

Jason Connelly

Jason Constable

Alan Cook

Jeb Cook

The Honorable Mick Cornett

Jesse Cowan

David D. Daugherty

Ashley Davis

Brent Davis
Kelli Davis
Matt Dobson
Gene Downing

Ryan J. Duffy 

Marti Eden

Doug Fuller

Stanley Funderburg

Paxton Gray
Jason Groves

Jeff Hale

Chris Hammes

Steve Hare

Dr. J. Don Harris

Jack Herron

Mike Holder
Sue Hollenbeck

Lon Huff

Michael Hunter
G.R. Ives
Randy Jacoby
Larry Johnson
Alex Kaiser
Michael Ketcherside
Rory Laisle

Jay Lakin

The Honorable Todd Lamb

Brittany Leemaster
Mark Little

Dan Loving
James B. Lowe
Gary Lower
Andy Malone
Robert A. Manchester, IV
Steven Marler

Keith May 

Kyle McElvaney

Vance McSpadden
Jared Mills
Dr. Gene Muse

Rick Naifeh

Vance Nye

Steve Owens

David Patrick

Ty Patterson

Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell

John G. Robin, III

Stephen Russell

Steve Shaw

Chuck Shirley

Travis Simpson

Dean Slatev

Dave Smith

Lee Allan Smith

Stewart Smith

Dr. Brent Tipton, M.D.
Tom Tomlinson

Berry Tramel

J. Blake Wade

Joe Washington

Aaron Waters

John David Weaver

Jim Weigel

Trent Willis

Keith Wilton

Our Executive Council is made up of men and women who share the drive and passion to ensure the mission of this organization successfully moves forward. Each Executive Council member gives of their resources and time, pouring into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame’s various programs and acts as the organization’s advisory board.

"The Executive Council is the life blood...without whom we would not be achieving the level of success that we are." - Lynne Draper, Founder