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Throughout the years, Tacoma-Pierce County has been fortunate to receive acclaim and publicity thanks to the national and international caliber of its athletes and teams. There has never been one place in which these athletes as well as the countless number of other recreational, amateur, and professional athletes could be recognized for the distinction they have brought or will bring to our community. Under the auspices of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, founded in 1943 and dedicated to the promotion of amateur athletics and civic betterment, and thanks to a generous contribution by Fred Shanaman, Jr., the museum became a reality with its opening in October of 1994.

The primary focus is to recreate the history of sports through visual displays complemented with written descriptions and a narrated video highlighting famous moments in our local history. The museum will focus not only on athletes, coaches, and teams, but also on administrators, sponsors, officials, sportswriters and broadcasters, all of whom have contributed to our strong sports heritage.

The Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau is the leading destination marketing organization in Pierce County in Washington State. The bureau works to generate tourism and convention business to the area by promoting its attractions and facilities to individual visitors, tour groups and conference attendees. For example, the bureau promotes the events, exhibitions and entertainment at the Tacoma Dome, plus the Shanaman Sports Museum housed there as well.

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