International Institute for Sport History
Library and Museum


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ROCKY #3 - original bronze statue to be acquired by the IISOH

The IISOH is a Pennsylvania non-profit educational, literary and research corporation
under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code
Donations are tax deductible - Federal Tax ID# 41-2041155

Latest updates: Tuesday, November 28, 2023

UPDATE: November 28, 2023: Best wishes to everyone for a very Happy Holiday Season. Support the IISOH this season with a one-time donation of $25.00.


Help us to develop the Library & Museum Collections
by supporting one of these campaigns.

    Campaign #1

    The ROCKY #3 CAMPAIGN and

    Goal: $3.5 million Dollars

    NOW to December, 2024

    In this major campaign we seek donations from the public as well as a major benefactor willing to endow the subject of BOXING. This BOXING endowment will acquire the ROCKY #3 statue and other material for the Boxing collection such as books, posters, art, memorabilia, statuary, etc.

    This campaign is designed to immediately raise funds to both acquire this famous statue and to fund IISOH operations for 2-3 years by opening our first office, hire staff, publish more sports posters, conduct more research and publish more on our website. This will fund the IISOH for 2-3 years while we add hundreds of educational pages to our website, collect more books for the library, and open our first office to the public.

Campaign #2


Goal: $25 million Dollars by December 2026.
$300 Million by 2030
Current Campaign through December 2030

The IISOH seeks to develop a permanent endowment to support daily operations of the Institute. This money is placed into a trust fund and invested - only the interest that is generated is used to support operating expenses such as employee salaries, utilities and daily operations.

This campaign seeks widespread public support -
ONE MILLION donors -
asking each donor to make a single, once-in-a-lifetime donation
of just $25.00 (twenty-five Dollars).

Through this campaign ONE MILLION donors will fund the OPERATING ENDOWMENT with $25,000,000. With each $25 million Dollars in the endowment we estimate that the interest will generate enough funding to hire 32 employees.

We ask each donor to then encourage two friends or family members to make a similar $25.00 donation - JUST ONCE in their lifetime. And so on, and on, and on. If everyone in Pennsylvania responds with a single donation of $25.00 then we can build a 300 MILLION Dollar endowment and never do fundraising again, with over 300 employees.

To express our gratitude every donor receives a LIFETIME acknowledgement! This solicitation is specifically addressed to the 12.5 million citizens of Pennsylvania, however anyone, anywhere can make a donation.

We actively solicit within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Campaign #3



Goal: Support all IISOH endowments
Permanent Program, no ending date

This permanent project serves three functions:

Campaign #4

Tribute Page & Statue
the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Football team,
Superbowl LII Champions 2017-2018
Superbowl LVII played in February 2023

Goal: $1 million Dollars
Ongoing Project until fully funded

There are two options:

  1. $25.00 for a single line HONORARIUM (160 character limit).

  2. $250.00 for a single line HONORARIUM PLUS an engraved brick paver (12 x 12 inches) to be placed in a WALK OF CHAMPIONS that would lead to the statue.

The IISOH would like to raise one million Dollars to design a "WALK OF CHAMPIONS" and acquire a unique bronze statue to honor the Philadelphia Eagles. The statue has already been determined. This is a project of the IISOH Museum to install art on the planned IISOH sport campus. It is considered as an "outdoor Museum room." The statue will be mounted on a pedestal and surrounded by landscaping and benches. Plaques or other displays will highlight the history behind the team and its success.

Other football teams and as well as teams in other sports may request a similar project,
such as the Pittsburgh Steelers or Philadelphia Phillies baseball team.
Any sport, any team from any state or country can sponsor a similar
TRIBUTE statue as an outdoor, Museum "room"
with a one million Dollar endowment.

Campaign #5


Goal: $300 million Dollars
Ongoing project until fully funded

The IISOH solicits donations of BOOKS, POSTERS, MEMORABILIA - from a single book to an entire library, all sports subjects. Books, printed matter, magazines, journals, periodicals are desirable in all languages to develop a multi-lingual collection.

ALL support is gratefully appreciated, from $5.00 donations to mega-millions, from one book to a truck load of books.

All donations over $25.00 receive lifetime recognition in various forms including the permanent website ACKNOWLEDGEMENT page, engraved bricks, pavers and plaques, bronze signs mounted on walls or obelisks and other forms authorized by the Board of Directors. Recognition for the higher levels of support include naming opportunities for rooms, galleries, even entire wings of buildings and, of course, naming rights for the LIBRARY, the MUSEUM, the DANCE THEATER, the IISOH RESTAURANT, the replica of the ANCIENT STADIUM OF OLYMPIA and the various sports buildings (including a planned Natatorium).

There are a limited number of permanent naming opportunities for the buildings and sports facilities, for example the LIBRARY is a single opportunity, the Museum is a single opportunity. There are almost unlimited naming opportunities for rooms in the buildings.

There are no limits for subject endowments such as FOOTBALL, BASEBALL, BASKETBALL, WRESTLING, SPORTS MEDICINE, FENCING, and hundreds of other subjects. In other words there can be three FOOTBALL endowments, each specifically designed by the donor, such as a focus on one team, a region or a type of sport such as College Football Endowment or Philadelphia Eagles endowment.

We encourage libraries worldwide to send us unwanted materials from their collections, duplicates obtained through donations and we are happy to develop an ongoing collaboration to help build your collections. Shipping can be made to either address in the USA or Vienna, Austria.

Campaign #6


Goal: Support all IISOH endowments
Permanent, Ongoing Program - no ending date

This program ACTIVELY solicits DONATIONS and ADVERTISING from businesses in Pennsylvania, but any business in the world may contact the IISOH to participate. The goal is to obtain at least a $25.00 "once-in-a-lifetime" donation from each and every business in Pennsylvania. There are almost one million businesses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and these donations would fund the Operating Endowment.

  • Basic Acknowledgement, $25.00. Donor is given a LIFETIME acknowledgement both on our website and inside our Museum when it is built. Same as "Campaign #2" this is a tax deductible donation.

  • There are two possible "upgrades," each priced at $250.00. One upgrade is a tax deduction, the other is a deduction under "business advertising" costs for you.

    1. The first "upgrade" is a donation of $250.00, thus a tax deduction, in return for a lifetime acknowledgement that includes TWO parts; an acknowledgement on the website ACKNOWLEDGEMENT page PLUS a link to a single, static web page (no links to your website), hosted by the IISOH. You can design the web page or we can design it for free. We ACKNOWLEDGE your larger donation forever with the basic information of the business, such as the name, address, date of creation, etc. As an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT this page CANNOT have any products or services included - it is a "thank you" page, but it is forever! The IRS rules strictly prohibit anything else such as products or services offered. This would be a tax deductible donation under IRS section 501(c)3. Think of this linked web page as a giant business card on the web forever, similar to an ad in a high school or college yearbook.

    2. The second "upgrade" is an advertisement for $250.00 that is a three (3) year agreement. Not complcated, this is a $25.00 donation (the lifetime acknowledgement of one line, 160 characters) plus an advertisement page for $225.00 good for three (3) years. After three years (36 months) you would need to renew the advertisement, but no need to renew the $25.00 lifetime acknowledgement.

      This is a true advertisement linking the lifetime acknowledgement on the IISOH website to your company's website, (or) to a webpage hosted by the IISOH about your business. This advertising program is for three years - a long and inexpensive ad for any business to promote their goods and services. Only $225.00 for three (3) years. With an advertisement the IRS allows us to support you with endorsement, which we CANNOT do for a tax-deductible donation (IRS rules). This linked page can be to your own website or we can design a single page for you (basic 8.5 x 11 inches printed) if you are not on the web yet.

      SO, in a nutshell, $25.00 is a donation/tax write-off; $225.00 is a 3 year advertisement, a business expense write-off for you. BUT, for us, we must pay tax on this income.

We are seeking widespread public support!

We are very grateful for your financial support just once in your lifetime.
We will never come back to you and ask you to donate again, and again, and again.

We do hope that you will follow the IISOH over the years as we grow and develop. We do ask that you invite your friends to support us as well. Share the news about our project with everyone you know.


to go to our secure website page -
we are using STRIPE for credit card processing

Do you prefer to send a check?
Donations can also be mailed to:

Harvey Abrams, President
IISOH Library & Museum
PO Box 732
State College, PA 16804

(or mailed directly to our bank: "To the Account of the IISOH")

Attn: Manager
First National Bank
re: IISOH Library & Museum
1667 North Atherton St
State College, PA 16803

The IISOH is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation - donations are tax deductible.
Federal Tax ID# 41-2041155

Welcome to our simplified html website.
This site is to compliment our primary website at
which is under re-development. We have so many pages and so much information
to post that we find it necessary to have this site as a backup. The new site
is designed to be much more elaborate and beautiful, with advanced coding.
Information on this site will eventually be migrated to the new site as it becomes available.
This site is ideal for older browsers and was originally hosted at as a public service.
Those pages were relocated here as of April 13, 2017.

As with everyone else in the world, we have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
and our plans have been delayed accordingly. Many updates will take place duringfall and winter, 2023-24, especially the NOC Directory.
We will also be establishing a European office in Vienna, Austria in 2024.

Latest updates 13:40 PM (EST) from State College, PA., November 28, 2023.

In Pennsylvania the time is:

In Vienna, AUSTRIA the time is:

International Institute for Sport History
Library and Museum

The IISOH is organized to operate a Library & Museum devoted to the
History of Sport, Physical Education Recreation, Dance, Sport in Art
and the Olympic Games.

Mr. Harvey Abrams, President
IISOH Library & Museum
PO Box 732
State College, PA., USA 16804

We are establishing an office in Vienna, AUSTRIA
in order to solicit donations of books and collectables from
European donors. Donations can be shipped to an address in VIENNA,
AUSTRIA and we will handle all shipping to the IISOH Library in the USA.
Our shipping address in Vienna is available upon request.

The images on this page show the range of our Sport in Art collections that are planned - from ancient Greek statuary to modern statuary.
We have arranged for a copy of the ancient Discus Thrower (British Museum) to be made for our collections.
We have first rights to acquire the modern statue of ROCKY #3.
This website was created April 13, 2017
as an html version of our fancy, new website
under development at
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