The International Swimming Hall of Fame
The International Swimming Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort-Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of children. It accomplishes its goals through the operation of the ISHOF museum, a dynamic shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the accomplished swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers, their coaches and lifesavers. Their lives and accomplishments serve to inspire and educate all of us.
ISHOF is the “Mecca of Aquatics” and international showplace for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming. The museum, library and archive contain the world's largest collection of aquatic memorabilia, and the single largest source of aquatic books, manuscripts and literature. As Olympic swimmer and “Tarzan”, Johnny Weissmuller said at the Hall of Fame's inaugural in 1965, "I am happy and honored to be recognized among swimming's elite athletes. It is here where I will keep my swimming memorabilia, tell stories of my days in swimming and the movies and offer my services towards the pursuit of helping each youngster pursue their dreams." Johnny did this until his death in 1984, but at the Hall of Fame, his spirit continues to live to inspire the youth of today, and to serve as a model for which young athletes can strive.
ISHOF has honored the world's greatest personalities in aquatics. This includes Hollywood stars (JohnnyWeissmuller, Buster Crabbe, Esther Williams), prestigious personalities (the TV series Baywatch" creator, Gregory Bonnan), political leaders (Ronald Reagan, H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco II), and Olympians (Donna De Varona, Mark Spitz) to mention a few.