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International Swimming Hall of Fame Named
The Official Best Sports Museum in Florida

February 1, 2010 - The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) has been designated at the Official Best Sports Museum in Florida, 2010.”  The Official Best of Florida 2010, is a half-hour television program that will air later this month on the Travel Channel and locally on NBC 6 in Miami. 

The official letter of notification described the process behind ISHOF’s selection:  “The “Official Best Of” solicits nominations for our www.OfficialBestOf.com website after we have searched online travel resources to determine which nominees will be named “best of.”  No attraction can contact us for inclusion. Our selection process is rigorous with extensive research that requires positive reviews from a minimum of three independent sources.”

Ever since the Hall of Fame and its one-of-a-kind Museum of Swimming opened, in 1965, Fort Lauderdale has been recognized internationally as the Swimming capital of the world. 
“While we have the world’s largest collection of Olympic medals and memorabilia from the great names in Olympic swimming history, what distinguishes our Museum of Swimming from other sports museums, like the Pro Football or Baseball Halls of Fame,” says ISHOF President Bruce Wigo, “is that swimming is much more than a sport or game.  Swimming is the passport to two-thirds of the planet, 21 other recreational pastimes, good health, water safety and drowning prevention.  It is not a 19th century invention, but has been around since pre-history. It has played a role in every civilization on earth and has shaped our modern culture in ways you can’t imagine. When you leave our museum, you will say, ‘WOW!  I didn’t know that.’”

The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc. (ISHOF), established in 1965, 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 all adults and children. The Museum is open 9 -5.  For more information call:  954-462-6536. Visit http://www.ishof.org


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