ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) – The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 2012 but until this year, there was no actual physical building to house the names of the inductees. Friday, the ribbon was cut and the Hall’s first home was open for a preview to the past and future inductees. The site will be open to the public in August.

“It just gives everyone an opportunity to see the rich history of high school basketball in Kentucky,” said the Hall’s Chief Operating Officer Paul Najjar.

Fittingly, since basketball is a religion in the commonwealth, the Hall of Fame’s home is a converted church that was built in 1834.

“This is more than you could even dream about,” said 2016 Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Stan Hardin. He hopes the younger generations will learn about what the sport has always meant to the state.

“I don’t think kids nowadays understand the history of Kentucky (basketball). I envision school bringing field trips to here…because this is part of Kentucky history.”

The new class will be inducted Saturday night. The 2017 induction coincides with the 100th anniversary of high school basketball in Kentucky. The Hall will induct 18 new members, with the 100th inductee being Elizabethtown standout Erin Boley.

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