About Us


The Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame (formerly African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame) was established in 2000 in Oakland, California to broaden public understanding of ethnic history and celebrate the role of cultural diversity in the growth of professional sports.

MESHOF gives the world an opportunity better to understand the impact African Americans and other ethnic groups on professional sports and society. Over 350 retired athletes and coaches have been enshrined. Over 200 community leaders have been honored at our induction ceremonies.


In addition, more than 125 sports legends and over 50 active players support our Hall of Fame Programs.

We have also honored many non-minorities with various community awards, because these honorees have a deep-seated commitment to community service.

They help keep our community whole. With society becoming more multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic, The Hall began inducting athletes no matter their race, creed or color, since 2010.

While we are honoring veteran community leaders, sports heroes and heroines; we also draw attention to our after-school intervention programs in the cities where our ceremonies are held, addressing the dismal academic performance of many of our youth. We emphasize that It’s not about career wins; it’s about real life victories.

Many social problems — crime, unemployment, and homelessness — are a direct result of an education system that has failed our youth. The Hall has provided employment training and job opportunities for over 100 young people in four years from our Academic Achievers Academy.

MESHOF not only recognizes deserving athletes and community leaders but is structured to help young people enter the curve of excellence and carve out a better, more vibrant future. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to empowering youth to lead productive lives.

Again: we are a 501(c)(3), IRS-tax-deductible nonprofit.  ID number: 94-3370345