History of the Sydney and Theodore Rosenberg
Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame Room
In 1993, the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame, which was first formed in 1954, was reinstated after an 11-year hiatus, due to new Athletic Director Ted Leland. Leland was confident that the Hall of Fame would be a positive contribution to the Stanford community, stating, "The Hall of Fame symbolizes the quality of athletic excellence that is a very important part of the heritage of Stanford University." As part of his plan, Leland envisioned a room to showcase Hall of Fame inductees. When plans were drawn for the Arrillaga Family Sports Center, the new home of Athletic Department offices, Leland ensured that a spacious Hall of Fame Room was included in the building design.
When the Arrillaga Family Sports Center opened in January, 1994, it included a 6,000 square foot Sydney and Theodore Rosenberg Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame Room, made possible through the generosity of two longtime friends of Stanford - Sydeney Rosenberg, '36, a member of the "Vow Boys" football teams, and his brother, Theodore. The room allowed, for the first time in Stanford's history, an area that could collectively showcase not only Hall of Fame inductees, but also trophies, uniforms, photographs, and other memorabilia from Stanford Athletic history. When members of the Stanford community visit the Hall of Fame Room, they can be reminded of past Athletic Director, Ted Leland's vision and "be proud that our University produces athletes and coaches of this caliber."
"You get chills up and down your spine when you're in the room," says Gary Cavelli, former Stanford Association associate athletic director and one of the people responsible for reopening the hall. "The hall is a treat for anyone interested in sports. It epitomizes college sports at its best."