The YMCA and the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame are making big changes to the interior and exterior of the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA in an effort to gain more exposure for the hall of fame.
“We want to ensure that people know that the YMCA is our home,” hall of fame vice chairman Scott Webb said. “We want to make the hall of fame a showplace.”
The most obvious change is the addition of signage outside the YMCA. “Home of the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame” is now displayed above the entrance to the building, along with the hall of fame’s logo.
“The signage and logo at the entrance are both real colorful and have nice, big letters,” Webb said.
Another new sign was created over the new trophy case, reading “The Stuff of Legends”.
“They did a great job when they created the sign over the trophy case,” Webb said. “Its 3-D, and it really stands out.”
The creation of the new signage was possible through sponsorships with Northside Hospital Cherokee, Chandler Graphics and several others.
The trophy case, filled with hall of fame memorabilia and other personal items from the inductees, is expected to be one of the bigger draws of the upgrades. It was funded through a partnership with the Cherokee County School District.
Along with the sponsors, YMCA director Dave Andrews also played a key role in getting the improvements approved. Webb and members of the board approached Andrews about some changes that they wanted to make regarding the exposure of the hall of fame, and Andrews listened.
“We approached him about putting up some new signage at the YMCA to ensure that people knew that this was our home,” Webb said.
“We are proud to call the YMCA our home, and we want people to know that when they walk in the front door.”