On May 8th, 2012 we had the honor of attending the 57th induction ceremony for the National Sporting Goods Hall of Fame, that took place in San Antonio, Texas at their annual Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit. It is humbling to be in the company of people who have done so much to contribute to the sporting goods industry and to be able to hear their stories. The recipients for 2012 included Don Lucas ,Founder/Owner Luke’s Locker, the late Cliff Keen of Cliff Keen Athletic, Randy Ruch, Founder/Retired CEO Schuylkill Valley Sports, and Neil Stillwell ,Founder of The Game Headwear. You can read more about their contributions and why they were selected at this link. Their acceptance speeches were all focused on thanking others, spouses, children, family members and key employees. It’s so true that you need a strong foundation and support system to be successful. You also need the ability to work hard, which all of these men did, both in their professional careers as well as in giving back to their communities.