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Why This Non-Profit Campaign is So Important
Today it’s hard to find positive role models for our children to emulate. Sometimes we need to look to the past to find our heroes for today. But how can we keep the memories and achievements of sports history’s greatest athletes as fresh today as they were back then?
Once in a while a project comes along that has the cache and charisma to transcend race, gender, age and nationality. The SPORTS IMMORTALS MOBILE MUSEUM EXPERIENCE is such a project. Its not only the manifestation of the lifelong effort of one man's love and dedication to sports history, but also a true and inspirational story of never losing sight of your dreams.
My name is Jim Platt and this campaign is about helping make my father's lifelong dream come true. With your help and support...together we can make it happen!
All donations will go directly to our 501(c) non-profit organization, The Platt Sports Foundation. This IndieGoGo account is linked directly to our Foundation's Bank Account at Chase Bank.*
How it all Began...
Joel Platt’s lifelong quest to assemble the largest and most valuable collection of sports memorabilia has been filled with both triumph and tragedy. It all started in 1943, when a mischievous four-year-old boy threw a match into the gas tank of a car resulting in a towering inferno. Bedridden for over a year with severe burns after the explosion, Joel’s parents bought him baseball cards to entertain him during his long days of recovery. His first one was of Babe Ruth.
This 1933 Goudey card was what ultimately determined the path that Joel would take for the rest of his life. He decided at a young age that his goal would be to preserve the achievements of great athletes so that their memories would live forever in the hearts and minds of generations to come and serve as inspiration to us all to try our best in all aspects of life.
To that end, as he grew older, his collection grew to include programs, tickets, autographs and actual mementos used by the athletes. Upon becoming a teenager, Joel embarked on a sixty-year adventure, traveling over one million miles to curate over one million mementos for the Sports Immortals Collection.
Along the way he had the unique opportunity to meet several of the most famous athletes and their relatives including Mrs. Honus Wagner, Mrs. Babe Ruth, Mrs. Jim Thorpe, Muhammad Ali, Gordie Howe, Jack Dempsey, Wilt Chamberlain, just to name a few.
He related to them his goal of honoring the accomplishments of the greatest sports icons. More often than not, Joel came home with a special object to represent the athlete in the Sports Immortals Collection.
Now at the age of 74, Joel Platt is the Founder of Sports Immortals, Inc. As he reflects on his life, he realizes that the most precious treasures he obtained on his journey were not the artifacts themselves, but the inspirational lessons and gifts of knowledge he learned along the way. The time has come to share his collection and all the anecdotal stories with sports fans young and old so that they may benefit from the culmination of his life’s work.
What’s the Big Idea? It’s All About the Experience
The Sports Immortals team has designed several “must see” projects that will combine some of the most priceless sports artifacts with the most compelling multimedia technology. The SPORTS IMMORTALS MOBILE MUSEUM is the first of the planned projects to be launched. It will be the most innovative experience of its kind and tour the United States stopping at major sporting events, universities, local schools, shopping malls, state fairs, etc. Imagine hundreds of thousands of children having the opportunity to see Jackie Robinson’s game worn hat and learning how courageous he was by breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1948. What if they could learn about the determination and focus of Jesse Owens competing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics with Hitler in the stands, ultimately winning four gold medals? How about Little Leaguers motivated by the dedication of Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken Jr. to never want to miss a practice or a game? These are just a few examples of the valuable benefits that will accrue to the public once this exciting project begins.
Sounds Great, but What Will it Look Like?
This mobile shrine to sports will trace sports history beginning in the 19th century area and ending in the “Immortals Among Us” Section. Each twenty-year period shall feature the Immortals of that era describing in rich detail not only their career achievements, but also their work ethic, any obstacles they overcame and other anecdotal stories they may have shared with Joel Platt. Guests will be entertained and educated by actual artifacts used by the athletes, video footage and historical information describing the political climate in which they competed, such as Joe Louis uniting our nation by defeating the German boxer, Max Schmeling, during World War II.
Upon entering the exhibit, visitors will find a large video wall displaying great moments in sports.
The photos above and below show examples of how rooms will be organized inside the Experience. Please notice that sports fans will be given information through the same source that people received in that time period. The above features the old time radio. This same theme occurs throughout, i.e. the “Immortals Among Us” features WiFi, Television, Ipad, Phones, etc.
Upon completion of the tour, visitors will enter the final area which provides them the opportunity to purchase Sports Immortals Branded Merchandise, to take a photograph holding a unique sports artifact like a Babe Ruth bat and lastly, to vote for whom they believe should be the original 50 athletes to be inducted into the Sports Immortals Hall of Fame, and lastly to learn the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle and the dangers of obesity in this country.
When Will the Tour Begin?
According to MRA, once we reach our funding goal, it should take about 100-120 days for them to have the Sports Immortals Mobile Museum Experience ready to roll.
Can the Mobile Museum Come to my Home Town?
Yes! It is possible. As one of the incentives to increase donations, the city that contributes the most funding will receive an exciting celebration for all the contributors and their friends. The Sports Immortals Tour will make a special stop for these wonderful and passionate supporters. The routing of the tour has not been determined. Once we reach our goal and start planning the locations, the winning city will be contacted and we will schedule the big event.
Why Support Sports Immortals?
In today’s economy, it is very difficult to obtain funding for new projects. Sponsors are very selective on which concepts they support and are most likely to provide additional funding to projects that are already operational. One of our goals is to keep the exhibition free of charge so that everyone can see it regardless of socioeconomic constraints. Your contribution to the development of the Sports Immortals Mobile Museum Experience will not only help us preserve the memories and achievement of the world’s greatest athletes, but it will also help Sports Immortals attract the sponsorship dollars necessary for the tour to last many years and educate and inspire millions of sports fans across the country.
Joel Platt has dedicated his life to fulfilling his dream. He is not a collector, but a curator on a mission to preserve sports history. He has done his part to assemble the collection, but we need your help so that he can start sharing it with the public. To use a football analogy, Joel has carried the football 99 yards down the field. With your financial support, together we can take it into the endzone and everyone will win!
How Much Do You Need? How Will the Funds Be Used?
We are seeking $350,000 that will be used for the following:
- Design and installation of the exhibition inside the expandable 18 wheeler trailer
- Operation of the Exhibition (Lease of Truck, Gas, Staff, Security, Insurance, Site Fees, etc.)
- Marketing (Television, Print, Radio, Internet, Social Media, Grassroots, Sponsorship Efforts, etc.)
How Can I Help and be Part of Sports History?
1. We would be so grateful if you could make a financial contribution to our project. No matter how large or small, we appreciate your support. Remember the higher the donation, the greater the Perk. Please take action and donate NOW!! Please note: THE CITY THAT DONATES THE MOST MONEY TO THE CAMPAIGN WILL WIN THE GIFT OF THE EXHIBITION COMING TO THAT CITY FOR A SPEICAL EVENT FOR ALL DONORS.
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Additional Information on Sports Immortals
Please review the additional Videos and Files that are part of this campaign by clicking on the "Gallery" tab at the top of this page: (1) Television Program on Sports Immortals that aired on the Velocity Channel by Discovery in May 2012, (2) Legends and Legacies Video, (3) Complete Design Booklet for Sports Immortals Experiential Mobile Museum, (4) Moves Magazine Article and several other great images from the Sports Immortals Collection.
Sports Immortals, Inc. is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida where roughly 2% of the collection is on display in the 5000 square foot Showcase Museum. If you are ever in the area, please visit at 6830 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, Florida 33487.
You can also find information online at www.sportsimmortals.com
If you have any questions please contact us at 561-997-2575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports Immortals Team
Joel Platt, President and Founder, Sports Immortals®, Inc.
Acknowledged by ESPNEWS as the “Foremost Curator of Sports Memorabilia in the World”, Mr. Platt has amassed the largest and most valuable collection of sports artifacts in the world. The Smithsonian Institute has recognized Platt’s assemblage as “Absolutely the most outstanding collection on all sports.”
Joel Platt has been featured on such television shows as “Million Dollar Collections” (Velocity Channel) ESPNEWS, The Best Damn Sports Show Period on FOX, Cold Pizza (ESPN 2), Real People, PM Evening Magazine, Chicago Tonight and numerous others. In addition, he has been writ- ten up in Sports Illustrated, Sport Magazine, Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal, Sports Collector’s Digest and ESPN The Magazine which named Joel Platt “number 2” on their list of the 63 greatest things in sports you may not know about.
Mr. Platt is a graduate of Duquesne University and was recently inducted in the Western Pennsylvania Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Jim Platt, Vice President, Sports Immortals®, Inc.
Mr. Platt has extensive experience in the areas of strategic marketing, strategic management, advertising, promotions, Internet development and museum operations. He is current- ly spearheading the Sports Immortals® Experiential Mobile Museum Tour and working on his second literary work in conjunction with best selling author, Lou Aronica. In addition, Jim Platt recently launched the Sports Immortals Educational Program where he provides motivational words of wisdom to children and adolescents by teaching them about values and lessons in life using athletes and Joel Platt as examples.
While working at Motorola, he was instrumental in the intro- ductions of two products, including the ESPNet TO GO sports pager. He also served a variety of clients while working for the Latin American division of Burson-Marsteller, such a Sky Entertainment and Gatorade. Both an avid sports enthusiast and writer, Jim Platt’s first book, Sports Immortals, Stories of Inspiration and Achievement, has already been purchased by over 100,000 sports fans.
Mr. Platt received his BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the University of Miami.
David Christensen, Co-Founder of Clearpath Entertainment
David specializes in developing and marketing entertainment based projects, both domestic and international, with a specific focus on high-profile and historic touring exhibitions. His specialties include partnership and brand development, strategic planning and public relations.
Sean Brescia, Co-Founder of Clearpath Entertainment
Sean has a diverse background creating and marketing experiential and entertainment based events and tours. His work includes high-profile touring exhibitions, concerts, festivals, sporting and political events, in addition to a range of entertainment and communications projects across all media.
Visit Clearpath website at http://clearpathentertainment.com
MRA Experiential Tours and Equipment
The leader in mobile experiential marketing, specializing in the custom design, build, vehicle sales and leasing, tour equipment and logistics management services for the experiential marketing and exhibiting needs of many well known cultural institutions and For- tune 1000 companies. Mobile tours have been MRA’s core business since 1989.
The company delivers turnkey services for institutions, muse- ums, foundations and corporations directly or in association with leading agencies and exhibit builders worldwide from their headquarters in Madison Heights, Michigan.
MRA differentiates themselves with their specialized turnkey development and management services. Their experienced staff Driver Teams, Docent/Attendants, full-time DOT Compliance Specialist, and a comprehensive nationwide service and maintenance program keeps their clients’ tours on the road. Clients stay connected to the tour’s progress with a customized 24/7 client MicroSite portal for event reporting.
MRA clients include: Smithsonian, Library of Congress, Ford, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, Tavis Smiley’s America I AM Tour, American Legacy, NIKE, Motorola, Boeing, Mazda, Hard Rock Café, Mattel, Macy’s and many more.
Visit MRA website at: www.gomra.com
Here's What Others Had to Say About Sports Immortals...
Mr. Ernie Banks
Chicago Cubs, Baseball Hall of Fame
“The Sports Immortals Museum collection features over one million mementos and honors the greatest athletes in sports history.”
Mr. Franco Harris
Pittsburgh Steelers, Football Hall of Fame
“I have been impressed with Joel Platt’s dedication and determination ever since our first encounter during my rookie season. As Chairman of the Sports Immortals Honorary Board, I am proud to be involved with a project that will be entertaining, educational and an inspiration to mankind.”
Mr. Carl H. Scheele
Retired Director,Smithsonian Institution
“Absolutely the most outstanding collection on all sports.”
Mr. Joshua Evans
Chairman, Leland’s Collectibles, Inc.
“The finest sports collection in the world...bar none.”
Rabbi Harold Kushner
Best Selling Author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
“We celebrate athletes who overcame obstacles to reach their goals. Joel Platt, by force of his indomitable will, brought his body back from a serious injury as a youngster to curate the world’s greatest collection of sports memorabilia.”
Mr. Casey Stengel
Baseball Immortal, Baseball Hall of Fame
“Your Sports Immortals Museum sounds very interesting and should prove very rewarding. Many adults along with thousands of children will derive hours of pleasure. It is a wonderful thing and I wish you every success.”
Captain James Lovell, USN
NASA Astronaut, Commander of Apollo 13
“I extend best wishes for the continued growth and success of the Sports Immortals Museum. Many people find inspiration in the lives of our athletic heroes, and it is appropriate that the records and mementos of their achievements should be preserved.”
Photos of Perks
This Indiegogo campaign is linked directly to the bank account of The Platt Sports Foundation. It is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization registered with the State of Florida.