Chartered in 1964, The Capital Area Chapter is one of 28 community based
chapters of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Geographically, the chapter
encompasses the east shore of the Greater Harrisburg area. Chapter membership is
open to all sports minded individuals. (Membership Application) Membership meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month, with the
exception of July and December, at the Penbrook American Legion, Post 730, 3813
Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA. Social hour 6:00 PM; Dinner 7:00 PM; Guest
Speaker 7:45 PM.
The purpose of the chapter is to recognize and perpetuate the memory of
athletes, coaches, and administrators who have brought lasting fame and
recognition to the greater Harrisburg area through their athletic achievements.
Beginning with its’ first class in 1967, 353 such individuals have been
immortalized with their induction.
Funded by its’ various fund raisers, the chapter annually provides two $500
college scholarships to area high school senior athletes.
Charlie Gangaware of Enola, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Geno J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton, PA.
Charles was born on Dec. 3, 1923 in Coaldale, PA and was a graduate of the class of 1942 from Coaldale High School. He was the son of Chester L. and Emily (Reis) Gangaware.
In 1963, Charlie was one of the founders of the Pennsylvania State Sports Hall of Fame of which he was a charter and life member and was named the State Executive Director and Treasurer and served in those positions until 1983. He was the founder of the Capitol Area Chapter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and was its first President and served two terms. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania State Sports Hall of Fame in 1997; along with being inducted into both the Capitol Area Chapter Hall of Fame in 1967 and Carbon County Chapter Hall of Fame in 2012.