The Frank Bare Award
The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame (IGHOF) presents THE FRANK BARE AWARD to individuals who have made exceptional contributions in promoting and growing the sport of gymnastics throughout the United States. This new award celebrates the legacy of its namesake, the long-time IGHOF chairman of the board, who passed away in 2011. Mr. Bare was one of the most beloved leaders and admired statesmen in the history of gymnastics in the United States. While serving as the first executive director of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation, he guided the sport into its golden age of popularity. Mr. Bare conceived of and staged promotional tours and competitions, including the American Cup, that introduced much of the world to such legendary stars as Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Olga Korbut, Cathy Rigby, Nikolai Andrianov, Kurt Thomas and dozens more.
There is a magical appeal, a universal spark at the core of gymnastics, and Frank Bare found countless ways to share it with the world," said Bart Conner, IGHOF board president. "The Frank Bare Award celebrates individuals who, like Frank, have enabled all of us to tap into that magic and discover its power to inspire excellence. The Frank Bare Award is sponsored in-part by our dear friend, and longtime gymnastics supporter Jana Poland, of Dallas, Texas."