A Winning Tradition: Salem’s Champions Gallery

Announcing exciting new plans to celebrate Salem, Virginia, the City of Champions

Salem High School 2011 Forensics Champions

You are invited to join the Salem Museum as we share the stories of Salem’s many Champions in athletics, academics, the arts, and civic and professional life!

In our new gallery, “A Winning Tradition: Salem’s Champions’ Gallery”, we will showcase Salem students and residents who have been recognized with a first place win at the state level or above. This permanent installation, designed by Museum Assistant Director Alex Burke,  will feature both traditional exhibits and an interactive kiosk to preserve all of our Champions’ stories. Opening Day is September 21, 2019!

The Champions’ Kiosk, the Heart of the Champions’ Gallery
Carver School Boys’ Basketball Champions

The technological centerpiece of the new gallery will be the Champions’ Kiosk providing visitors with an interactive, searchable record of all of Salem’s Champions, with pictures, video and text to permanently record their stories.

The Champions in our data base will be organized by decade and category: Andrew Lewis High School, Carver School, Glenvar High School, Roanoke College, Salem High School, other Salem K-12, Salem’s professional sports teams, Championships held in Salem, and Adults (business/professional).

How can I help?
Glenvar High School 2014 Football Champions

Do you have information or photos of any of our Champions? Artifacts you can donate or loan? Click here to email Museum Assistant Director Alex Burke with your information.

We have raised 3/4 of the funds we need to make the gallery really shine. Click here to give your support!

Your donation can honor a beloved coach, teammates, or others!
Roanoke College 1978 Mens Lacrosse Champions

Know someone who is a Champion in your eyes? Make your gift in honor or in memory of a coach, a team, or another individual who has inspired you, and ask others to do the same. When total donations in honor or in memory of any person or team reach $500, the Salem Museum will add a paver for that person or team to our front entrance walkway.

For example, say you were on a team led by Coach Smith. If you and your teammates, together, give $500 or more to the Salem Museum’s Champions’ Gallery, we will place a permanent paver in our walkway to recognize Coach Smith.

Donors have the satisfaction of contributing to a winning team and preserving important stories of Salem’s best! All donors and individuals being honored will receive notifications of events and Champions activities. Other benefits and recognition vary by donation level and reflect donor preferences:

  • gifts of $1,000 or more will be permanently recognized in the Gallery, both the donor and the honoree
  • one or more donors contributing $500 or more in honor/memory of the same individual or team can add an engraved paver recognizing the honoree in our front entrance walk
  • gifts of $100 or more can sponsor an individual or team Championship story in our Champions kiosk.
Many thanks to our major sponsors to date
Salem High School 1917 Boys’ Basketball Champions

The Powell Charitable Foundation, Lead Contributor
John Burress, in honor of Reginald Bellinger
The Rotary Club of Salem
Salem Kiwanis
Sherwood Memorial Park
Peggy Shifflett
G. and Cherry Sprinkle, in honor of Coach Dale Foster and Coach Malinda Sayers

Add your name to our Honor Roll: Click here to make your gift!

Salem Museum Champions Gallery Advisory Group

Scott Allison
Director of Athletics, Roanoke College

Tommy Barber
Educational Consultant

Kevin Clifford
Head Football Coach, Glenvar High School

Sandy Hadaway
Athletic Director, retired, Salem High School

Carey Harveycutter
Director of Tourism, City of Salem

Brian Hoffman
Sports Journalist and Photographer, Salem Times Register

Chris King
Athletic Director, Salem High School

Cindy Miller
President, Salem Museum Board of Directors

Mark O’Connell
Author, The Team the Titans Remember

Bob Rotanz
Mac ‘n Bobs; 1978 Roanoke College Men’s Lacrosse Team

John Shaner
Director, Salem Parks & Recreation

William Shepherd, Sr.
Carver School All-State Football Team

G. and Cherry Sprinkle
1971 Andrew Lewis High School Football Team

Contact Fran Ferguson, the Museum’s Executive Director, to nominate yourself or someone else for our Advisory Group.