International Institute for Sport History
Library & Museum


Proposed style for the IISOH Library & Museum,
a neo-classical building like the US Supreme Court, above

The International Institute for Sport History (IISOH) seeks to create multiple ENDOWMENTS in order to provide long-term financial support for the Institute's operations. To fund these endowments the IISOH is seeking widespread support from the public, the business community, corporations, the sports world, government grants and philanthropic foundations.

Endowments will support the long-term maintenance and operation of the IISOH Library and Museum, and provide perpetual support for its educational, literary and research missions. The funds that are donated to endowments are never spent - they are placed into trusts and invested wisely to generate interest that is distributed quarterly. A small percentage of donations, not more than ten (10%) percent, will be used for the initial Capital campaign to build the facility. Below are the major areas of support for which donations are being solicited.

IISOH Endowment Program
A donation of the minimum amount allows the donor
to have naming rights in perpetuity.

All Endowments are

  1. LIBRARY Endowment...

    $ 50 million minimum.
    Benefactor names the Library Building in perpetuity.

  2. MUSEUM Endowment...

    $ 50 million minimum.
    Benefactor names the Museum Building in perpetuity.

  3. THEATER Endowment...

    $ 30 million minimum.
    Benefactor names the Theater Building in perpetuity.

    The theater is intended to support the History of Dance rubric.
    This topic has a focus on the role of dance in sport and physical education
    as opposed to the history of Broadway shows.
    Common in gymnastics, ice skating and physical education classes.

  4. STADIUM Endowment...

    $ 20 million minimum.
    Benefactor names the replica stadium of ancient Olympia.
    See number 10d for additional details.

    The Institute plans to construct a replica of the ancient stadium at Olympia, Greece.
    That stadium is essentially a 200 yard track inside a sloped, oval bowl. Our plan calls for sloped grassy sides without seats,
    no lights and few amenities, exactly as it exists at Olympia, Greece. The stadium is large enough to seat 40,000 people,
    but we have no plans to host this many people, and existing codes would probably not permit such large crowds. Whereas ancient
    Olympia did not have seats other ancient Greek stadiums had many rows of marble seats, such as the ancient stadium at Athens
    which was rebuilt for the 1896 Olympic Games. We do not plan such an elaborate facility nor do we plan a modern stadium for
    baseball/football/soccer, etc. We plan to host educational events
    in spring, summer and fall that recreate the ancient Olympic Games.

    This very simple design that would allow us to teach school students and the public about the ancient Olympic Games as well as
    sport in ancient civilizations by actually performing the same sports as the ancient Greeks. There will be running races, long
    jump, wrestling and more. Slight modifications will be made to fit within existing laws and codes, for example all participants
    will have to wear sports clothes rather than perform naked as did the ancient Greeks. We will include girls and women in the
    events even though females were not included in the ancient Greek Olympic Games.

  5. SUBJECT Endowments...

    $ 1 million minimum.
    Benefactor names the subject area, for example American Football.

    The interest that is generated is used to acquire books for the Library collectons or
    artifacts for the Museum collections --
    but in this example only material on American Football can be acquired.

    Some subjects, for example -- Baseball endowment, Football (Soccer), Basketball, Ice Hockey,
    Fencing, Wrestling, Sport Medicine, Sport Law, Rowing, etc. Over 200 subjects.

  6. Go here to see the SUBJECT List for additional ideas.

    There can be more than one endowment for each subject area.
    For example --
    one donor might endow Professional Baseball while another donor might endow College Baseball
    or a specific team such as the Pittsburg Pirates or Philadelphia Phillies.

  7. WING & ROOM Endowments

    $250,000 to 10,000,000

    in either the Library or the Museum.
    This is not a complete list,
    more opportunities will exist.

    a. $ 6,000,000 to name the ancient Olympic Games Museum wing
    (a very big room - est: 40,000 square ft).
    b. $ 5,000,000 to name the Baseball Museum wing.
    c. $ 5,000,000 to name the American Football Museum wing.
    d. $ 5,000,000 to name the Basketball Museum wing.
    e. $ 5,000,000 to name the Ice Hockey Museum wing.
    e. $ 5,000,000 to name the Soccer Museum wing.
    f. Other sports can have dedicated museum wings with similar amounts and sizes.
    g. $ 1,000,000 minimum. Benefactor names a room (20x60 ft).
    h. $ 500,000 minimum. Benefactor names a room (10x25 ft).
    i. $ 250,000 minimum. Benefactor names a room (10x12 ft).
    j. Other sports subjects can have dedicated library rooms with similar amounts and sizes.

    Rooms would house specialized collections and would be identified --
    such as a BOXING room, or as a study room, a meeting room, a media room, reference room or other specialized
    use in the Library, the Museum or the Theater. There is great flexibility.

  8. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Room Endowment...

    $ 2 million donation.

    This single opportunity requires that 1/3 of the donation
    be used to furnish and decorate the room as needed.
    This endowment supports the Board members' travel expenses
    to meetings and the preparation of annual reports.


    $ 300,000 to $ 2,000.000.

    Benefactor names a garden sculpture gallery, an outdoor "room"
    of the Museum which has an ancient or modern statue plus appropriate
    landscaping with amenities such as benches, perhaps a grill or
    fountain of flowing water, plaques and other historical fixtures.

    Click to see an image of some of the statues
    that we plan to acquire for the Sculpture Garden collection.

    a1. Discus Thrower, (Discobolos). British Museum copy.

    a2. Discus Thrower, (Discobolos). Vatican Museum copy.

    a3. Discus Thrower, (Discobolos). National Museum in Rome copy no.1.

    a4. Discus Thrower, (Discobolos). National Museum in Rome copy no.2.

    a5. Seated Boxer. National Museum in Rome copy.

    a6. Standing Athlete with strigil, aka The Scraper, (Apoxyomenos) Vatican Museum copy.

    a7. The Wrestlers, (Pankratiasts). Uffizi Palace copy.

    a8. Rocky statue. Original bronze statue, number 3 of 3 made by Thomas Schomberg.

    a9. Zeus throwing a thunderbolt, (Zanes at Olympia) National Museum of Greece copy.

    a10. Standing Discus Thrower, (Discobolos by Naukydes) Vatican Museum copy.

    a11. The Fillet Binder, (Diadoumenos) New York Museum copy.

    a11.2. The Fillet Binder, (Diadoumenos) New York Museum copy no.2. (Headless).

    a12+. Other statues from ancient or modern eras of the Benefactors choice, such as the statue of ROCKY,

    or works from the studios of sports artists R. Tait McKenzie or Joe Brown.

    The SCULPTURE GARDENS are designed as outdoor "rooms" of the Museum and will be located throughout the campus.
    Each garden area will have a single statue to be highlighted and landscaped with shrubbery, trees, annual flowers,
    benches, lighting and possibly a water source such as fountains. The gardens would be adjacent to the library,
    museum and theater while surrounding the planned restaurant & patio cafe. The idea is to draw the community to the
    IISOH campus on a regular basis to meet, lounge, contemplate, read or eat. The benefactor's donation will pay for the
    cost of acquiring bronze and/or marble copies of the statues and all landscaping costs, with the balance going into
    the General Endowment Fund for perpetual care of the gardens & statuary, as well as security.


    $ 2,000,000 minimum.
    Benefactor names the restaurant & cafe.

    The Institute plans to have an international-style indoor/outdoor restaurant with a patio/garden cafe.
    Sliding doors will open from the restaurant onto a landscaped, terraced patio leading into the Sculpture Gardens.
    A separate building from the Museum, the restaurant and cafe will be a focal point for socializing within the
    Institute's environment, emphasizing nutrition, healthful living, fitness, leisure and recreation. Nearby we plan age-appropriate
    playgrounds for children, an outdoor life-size European chess board and pieces, and other recreational amenities that will
    lead towards the sports complex. The proposed plan will allow the Museum grounds to literally become a living museum.
    This area will be the main focus of engraved bricks which are another fund-raising program.
    These brick areas and walkways will be a permanent testimonial to the widespread support we seek.


    $ 100,000 to $ 30 million.
    Benefactor names the sports facility in perpetuity.

    a. Playgrounds....
    $ 100,000 minimum to $ 2 million.
    Various Playground areas with age-appropriate equipment for children are part of the campus plan.
    The playgrounds are an important part of the Institute's Research mission for topics ranging from equipment & ground-impact safety
    to social & cultural studies on children at play. We plan to actively encourage manufacturers of playground equipment to use our
    facility for research. Play is a very important part of a child's physical, social and emotional development.

    b. Outdoor Recreational & Sports facilities
    $ 100,000 minimum to $ 5 million.
    The vast portion of the IISOH campus will be covered with sports and recreational facilities
    that are essential to the educational and research missions of the Institute.
    These facilities will include tennis courts, basketball courts, Swedish parcourse,
    jogging path, bicycle trail, fields for baseball, bocce, football,
    soccer, rugby, cricket, lacrosse, archery, golf,
    field hockey, volleyball/beach volleyball and swimming pools.
    Undecided is GOLF. We are not certain an 18 hole golf course is essential, so
    a smaller version, 3 to 8 holes, is planned at this time.
    Each facility can be a naming opportunity for benefactors.

    c. Indoor Recreational & Sports facilities
    $ 100,000 minimum to $ 30 million.
    The indoor facilities are essential to the educational and research missions of the Institute
    for many sports and activities such as basketball, badminton, bowling, volleyball, fencing,
    gymnastics, wrestling, boxing, judo, martial arts, indoor track, weight lifting,
    bodybuilding & strength training, swimming, handball, racquetball, squash, physical education,
    dance, and academic classroom areas for subjects such as sports medicine, athletic training,
    sports architecture, facility design and planning

    Great flexibility exists in the design of this indoor facility, or facilities -
    we are undecided if there should be one, two or three sports halls.
    Most desirable is one large facilitiy, but it would be huge.
    An indoor/outdoor natatorium for the swimming and diving subject could be a
    seperate facility or within the larger building. In addition to naming the
    building itself, each gymnasium/sport hall or room can be a naming opportunity.

    d. Ancient Greek Stadium and ZANES
    $ 500,000 to $ 20 million.
    The Institute plans to construct a replica of the ancient stadium at Olympia, Greece (see number 4, above).
    That stadium is essentially a 200 yard straight track inside a sloped, oval bowl. Our plan calls for sloped,
    grassy sides without seats, no lights and few amenities. This simple design that would allow us to teach
    kids and adults about the ancient Olympic Games as well as sport in ancient civilizations.
    With a $ 20 million donation the benefactor can have the naming rights to the ancient stadium.

    Leading into the ancient Olympic stadium stood sixteen (16) bronze statues called ZANES (pronounced as "zah - nays").
    The statues disappeared long ago but the bases upon which they stood can be seen today at ancient Olympia.
    The word "ZANES" is the plural of the name of the Greek God "ZEUS" who is honored by the Olympic festival.
    These statues were erected by the officials who maintained the sanctuary of Olympia to memorialize
    those athletes who were caught cheating in the Olympic Games. The cheating athlete was fined
    by the Elian judges and had to pay for the bronze statue themselves. At the base of each statue was inscribed an
    apology from the athlete. This aspect of ancient Greek humility and punishment was a reminder to all
    who entered the stadium that such deeds as cheating would be remembered for generations.
    It was an ancient Greek "rogues' gallery," like modern FBI "WANTED" posters.
    It was the ancient version of "play fair" and "follow the rules -- or else." A lifetime penalty.
    The bronze statues were all the same, ZEUS throwing a thunderbolt, not a statue of the athlete.

    Our mission will be an appeal to modern athletes to sponsor their own statue -- as a humble apology to posterity for whatever
    transgression that they might have done. The athlete/benefactor or their family writes their own apology, with final approval
    from the IISOH Board of Directors. The apology will be inscribed into stone and attached to the base of the bronze statue.
    The athlete's statue may be funded by fans but it cannot be erected without the athlete's written approval or the meaning is lost.
    It is very important that the ancient Greek philosophy of HUMILITY is expressed with these endowed statues. The intention is
    to memorialize a humble apology, not to denigrate or insult a person. The statue serves as a humble apology for posterity -
    a very different philosophical concept from the modern era.
    A donation of $ 500,000 funds one bronze ZEUS statue, an inscribed marker with details and a stone base.

  12. PROGRAM Endowments

    $ 200,000 minimum.
    Benefactor names the program.

    Programs are activities such as planned conferences, educational activities, seminars, exhibitions,
    publications or other program/event that is carried out as part of the Institute's mission.
    A "sponsor" could fund an event such as a "Baseball program" or "Sport History" conference one time
    but an endowment would be funding the same event permanently such as annually.

    For example -- we would like to bring bus-loads of school children to the Institute on a given day,
    teach them the history of baseball by taking them outside to the fields to play three innings of baseball with the 1876 rules, then play
    two (2) innings with the modern rules. After the game we would like to give them a free lunch in the restaurant, let them visit the Museum,
    then give each child a free book or poster before we send them home on their buses. We plan an educational program for every sport.
    This is the endowment that would fund such programs.

  13. GENERAL Endowment Fund

    $ 1,000,000 minimum.
    Benefactor names the endowment.
    $1,000 minimum for special recognition.

    Undesignated donations and small donations help to build this fund.
    The interest that is generated will be used wherever it is needed by the Institute
    in a manner to be determined by the Board of Directors.
    It is the "Unrestricted" funding option used to supplement funding in another area.
    For example if an opportunity arrises to buy a fencing book or Olympic medal at an auction
    this fund can supplement the resources from the specific subject area that needs help.
    This means that funds in a Football endowment cannot be used to acquire fencing books.
    This "unrestricted" fund allows support throughout the Library & Museum as needed.
    Donors to this fund receive perpetual recognition in a manner determined by the Board of Directors,
    such as with a plaque or engraved stone either indoors or outdoors.

  14. OPERATING Endowment & Operating Fund

    $1,000,000 minimum.
    Benefactor names the endowment.
    All donations are accepted in any amount.

    Not originally planned as an endowed area this was changed in 2015.
    The IISOH will try to develop a $25 million endowed fund through the "MILLION DONOR PROGRAM."
    The goal is to obtain a single, once-in-a-lifetime donation of $25.00 from one million donors.
    ALL donations from this event will be placed into a trust fund.
    Every donor in this project is given the status of "CHARTER MEMBER" and receives a
    lifetime acknowledgement in accordance with the plans of the Board of Directors.

    We project that for each $25,000,000 raised for this endowment
    we can employ as many as 35 full-time staff members.

    All other income is not placed into a trust fund but rather into
    the bank account(s) for operating expenses.
    This is the fund from which the Institute will operate on a daily basis,
    for such expenses as employee salaries, benefits, utility costs, etc.
    Memberships from the general public, small cash donations, entrance fees,
    advertising income from publications, profits from the sale of goods or services,
    and other sources of income go into this fund. The Treasurer is the custodian
    and disburses money in accordance with directions from the Board of Directors .
    Any excess may be invested for future use or added to one of the endowed areas of the Institute,
    or spent in accordance with the directions of the Board of Directors.

  15. DONATIONS of Books and Collectibles

    No minimum; single items or large collections are welcome.

    Donations of materials may be made to the Library or Museum at any time.
    These donations are a significant source of the Institute's collections.
    We welcome your donation of a single book or an entire library;
    from a single poster to a collection of thousands. We seek medals, coins,
    stamps, pins and other memorabilia for the Museum's collections. Artwork is
    actively sought such as statuary, bronze figurines, paintings and lithographs.

    Publishers may make large donations of overstock material, remainders, hurt books
    or skids of returns. Manufacturers may donate excess stock, out of date inventory, etc.
    Donations to the IISOH are tax deductible of course.

    The Institute reserves the right to refuse or discard any item that could cause harm to the collections.
    For example boxes of books that contain mold or water damage, insects or other
    harmful contents will be discarded. NEVER use banana boxes!

    The Institute will have a formal receiving area to accept donations that will
    then be inspected, cleaned and disinfected if necessary. All items are
    prepared for the next step which is cataloguing and placement into the
    collections. This accession process also includes an inspection step to
    determine the authenticity of such items as coins, medals, memorabilia, stamps, etc.
    This is necessary because many fakes and copies exist in the world of collectibles.

    See this page for more details....Donate Books and Collectables.

    Many donors seek to use their gift as a tax write-off, and we are happy to
    assist you. HOWEVER, the Internal Revenue does not allow us, the recipient,
    to give you an appraisal (a valuation) of your donation. You need to tell us what your
    material is worth. After we receive your donation we can give you a receipt.
    If your donation has a value that is greater than $250 then we must give
    you a formal receipt if you want to use it as a tax deduction.
    We can offer you guidance as to where and how
    to get an appraisal -- but we cannot do the appraisal ourselves.
    That would be a "conflict of interest."

    See this IRS Publication for assistance: Information on Donated Property for Donors

The IISOH is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation under section 501(c)3
and is organized to operate a Library and Museum devoted to the subject areas of

History of Sport
Physical Education
Sport in Art
Ancient and Modern Olympic Games

and all related subject areas as determined by the Board of Directors.

Donations are tax deductible
Federal Tax ID# 41-2041155

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