Ed Morris, Exec. Dir. SSHOF Marty Lyons, 2001 Inductee (former NY JET)
...Ed Morris, Executive DirectorSuffolk Sports Hall of Fame
..."We picked two great kids," said Hall of Fame director Ed Morris, who gave each a $1,000 scholarship on behalf of the Economic Opportunity Council and Dellecave Educational Institute.
..."They wanted it to represent the community and not just high-profile athletes," Suffolk County Hall of Fame Executive Director Ed Morris said.
"There's a category for everyone who has excelled."
The founders eyed several properties around the county but all fell through.Morris then asked fellow East Moriches resident John Kanas, the CEO of North Fork Bank, about any foreclosed properties the bank had.
The building became the property of the hall of fame in October 1999 and Morris
and a secretary moved in two months later.The property is valued at $1.2 million.
is still working on submitting applications for grants from the government and securing funds from private corporations.Admission, between $5 and $7 per person, would not bring in much revenue, but the gift shop is expected to generate significant profits.The museum is a not-for-profit organization and pays only limited taxes.
Morris points out that the hall will be not only a museum with photos and memorabilia, but will also serve as an educational center for both children and adults."This museum will have photos and stats but also virtual-reality devices and simulators," Morris
said."It will be constantly changing.
envisions community groups coming to the theater for sports movie showings and seminars.