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Chairman Mike Schmitz is an avid adventurer. He has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiked to the first base camp of Mt. Everest, swam from Alcatraz to the Golden Gate Bridge, and bicycled across the United states to raise money for neglected and abused children.

Inspired by those he’s met along the way, Mr. Schmitz created the ASA to honor everyday Alabamians that have made a positive impact in their communities by encouraging people to get active. 

After overcoming a medical emergency, Mr. Schmitz realized the urgency in seeing this dream become a reality.  In January, 2022, the first ever ASA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held in Dothan, Alabama and saw eleven groups (forty-nine total recipients) join the Hall of Fame.

We hope they inspire you to blaze your own trail in service to others.  We also hope to join forces with local leaders and businesses to spread the message of the ASA.

Honorable. Patriotic. Inclusive. Heartfelt. Passionate.

The mission of the ASA is to recognize and honor the men and women who have dedicated their lives to their families and their communities, while also making time to live a healthy lifestyle through sports and adventure.

A Letter from the Chairman

The Alabama Sports and Adventure Hall of Fame has been on my heart for many, many years. We have hall of fames for all kinds of sports, athletes, coaches, each and every one well deserving; But on my heart is everyday people, ordinary hardworking people that do extraordinary things. I just want to honor them.

I’m biased. I love adventure and sports. I’ve had the privilege of traveling the world with my son, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, going to Mexico for a number of adventures, going to Europe, hiking 800 kilometers across Spain. I love the outdoors and I love sports.  I believe we, as a community, can benefit from having our family outdoors more.

One of the most difficult parts of planning the inaugural Hall of Fame ceremony was that there were so many people that really deserved to be honored and we had to narrow it down.  I tried to combine people that have done incredible adventures with some people that have just changed our community in the area of outdoor sports. My hope is that the Hall of Fame advocates for the Wiregrass and our community to continue to help our elected officials see the advantage of connectivity- of walking trails, biking trails, whatever it takes to get outside and enjoy our community and hopefully make it a better place to live.

Let’s Go, Go, Go!

Mike Schmitz

Mike Schmitz, ASA Chairman