Elizabethtown will be the epicenter of basketball in Kentucky next weekend.

Ken Trivette, executive secretary of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, reminded members of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce on Wed­nesday the hall of fame will be opening its doors to the public.

“I am tremendously excited about what we have been able to accomplish and are getting ready to open here July 22,” Trivette said.

He was one of the organizers who set out on a journey to open the hall of fame six years ago and find 100 inductees to celebrate 100 years of Kentucky high school basketball.

“This year marks 100 years of a sport that is near and dear to the heart of Kentuckians,” he said. “One-hundred years is a long time and six years ago we began to realize that we had no record of our sport of any measure.”

Thus, he said they set out to develop a hall of fame that not only inducted coaches and players, but represented something much larger.

“We have a saying in the hall of fame called the essence of the game,” Trivette said. “My dad would say, ‘When you lay the ball down, son, what do you take with you?’ And if you take with you the character traits and the things that basketball teaches you, ... you’re going to have a good career regardless of how many awards you won. “I think that is what we want to pass on to people through our hall of fame, that there is more to basketball than just the game.

“It is what you take with you from that,” he added.

The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set for July 22 at the Historic State Theater, 209 W. Dixie Ave., across the street from the hall.

A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a pre-show at 7 p.m. The ceremony is at 7:30 p.m. Those who attend the event also will have the opportunity to see the premiere of the Kentucky high school basketball documentary, “32.” The documentary derived its title from the number of minutes in regulation high school basketball game and the movie is 32 minutes long.

“Kentucky basketball isn’t only the University of Kentucky. Kentucky basketball is every little town and community that had a team, every young person that played the game, every fan who learned the game, every coach and every player. That is Kentucky basketball,” Trivette said. “Elizabethtown will be the epicenter of basketball in Kentucky.”

In his remarks at the chamber luncheon, Paul Najjar, chief operating officer of the hall of fame, added, “What we have here in the hall of fame is quite a gem.”

For information about the hall of fame or tickets, go to www.khsbhf.com.

Mary Alford can be reached at malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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