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International Institute for Sport History
Library and Museum

ROCKY #3 - to be acquired by the IISOH

The IISOH is a Pennsylvania non-profit educational, literary and research corporation
under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code
Donations are tax deductible - Federal Tax ID# 41-2041155


During 2018 we have several fundraising campaigns in progress.
Some are short term while others are long-term, multi-year events to fund endowments.

Our very exciting news is our agreement to acquire the ROCKY #3 statue for the IISOH Museum.
Campaign #1 is designed to raise these funds immediately.

  1. IISOH ROCKY Acquisition Fund/BOXING ENDOWMENT. Goal: $3.5 million Dollars.
    IISOH ROCKY Acquisition Fund/BOXING ENDOWMENT. Goal: $3.5 million Dollars.
    We seek funds for the acquisition of ROCKY #3 and the establishment of the BOXING ENDOWMENT. This campaign is designed to immediately raise funds to acquire this famous statue and fund operations for 2-3 years: a lease on our first office, funds for utilities, staff salaries, supplies and website design and maintenance. This will keep the IISOH going for two to three years while we add hundreds of educational pages to our website, collect books worldwide for the library, and open our first office to the public. In this campaign we seek a benefactor to endow the subject of BOXING with a two million Dollar donation.

    The IISOH seeks to development a permanent endowment for operating funds. The interest that is generated will fund operating expenses for the future. We seek widespread public support in this campaign - ONE MILLION donors who will make a single, once-in-a-lifetime donation of just $25.00 (twenty-five Dollars). In return the donor receives a LIFETIME acknowledgement on our website and inside our building when it is constructed. This solicitation is specifically addressed to the 12.5 million citizens of Pennsylvania!! We seek one million PENNSYLVANIANS to support us - with a single donation - one time! Anyone, anywhere can donate - but we are not actively soliciting outside of Pennsylvania. Not yet.


    This is a long term, permanent project that is serving two functions: first it is a fund-raiser to support the growth of our endowments and, second, it provides aesthetics to the IISOH complex through physical additions such as brick pavers, stone or bronze markers and staturay or monuments. Three choices are available:

    • $ 25.00 (twenty-five) for a single line on the web page, a lifetime, permanent legacy.

    • $ 250.00 (two hundred-fifty) for a single line, permanent legacy PLUS a linked web page with a biography and selection of photos. The donor may write the text and supply up to 20 photos.

    • Open-ended donation (over $250) to fund a tribute in many sizes up to $10,000,000 such as statuary, monuments or even a building.

    These donations create permanent legacies in the ACKNOWLEDGEMENT section of the IISOH website. They serve as permanent, lifelong TRIBUTES to family or friends, colleagues or to recognize a special event.

    You can HONOR someone for a school or university graduation, new job, marriage, childbirth, birthday - anything.
    Example: In honor of John Doe, Sr. on his graduation from XYZ medical school, 2017. (Mom & Dad).

    You can MEMORIALIZE someone on their passing - a coach, friend, or family member. The memorial is a permanent, public expression from you. It is a PERPETUAL TRIBUTE.
    Example: In memory of by wrestling coach, James Doe (1950-2017) of xyz university. (John Public, team captain).

    In both cases the HONORARIUM or MEMORIAL is posted online permanently with your name as well as the name of the person/people honored/memorialized.

  4. Special Tribute Page IN HONOR OF the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Football team, Superbowl Champions 2017-2018.
    Special Tribute Page IN HONOR OF the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Football team, Superbowl Champions 2017-2018.

    There are two options:

    - $25.00 for a single line HONORARIUM

    - $250.00 for a single line HONORARIUM PLUS a brick paver (12 x 12 inches) to be engraved and placed in a WALK OF CHAMPIONS leading to a bronze statue commissioned by the IISOH to honor the Philadelphia Eagles.


    Many additional opportunities are available for larger donations ranging from a modest $50.00 up to $30,000,000 (thirty million). All donations receive lifetime recognition in various forms from engraved bricks, pavers and plaques, to bronze signs mounted on walls or obelisks. There are numerous forms of recognition for the higher levels of support including naming opportunities for rooms, galleries, entire wings of buildings and, of course, naming the Library, the Museum, the Dance theater, the Restaurant, the replica of the ancient stadium at Olympia and the various sports buildings (including a Natatorium).

    There are a limited number of permanent naming opportunities for the buildings and sports facilities. There are almost unlimited naming opportunities for subject endowments such as a FOOTBALL, WRESTLING, SPORTS MEDICINE, FENCING, and hundreds of other subjects.

We are seeking widespread public support!

We are very grateful for your financial support just once in your lifetime, so we will never come back to you and ask you to donate again, and again, and again. We do hope that you will follow the IISOH over the years as we grow and develop. We ask only that you invite your friends to do the same. Share the news about our project with everyone you know.


to go to our secure website page -
we are using STRIPE for credit card processing

Do you prefer to send a check?
Donations can also be mailed to:

IISOH Library & Museum
PO Box 175
State College, PA 16804


(or mailed directly to our bank: "To the Account of the IISOH")

Attn: Linda White, Manager
re: IISOH Library & Museum
First National Bank
1667 North Atherton St
State College, PA 16803

Welcome to our simplified html website.
This site is to compliment our primary website at www.iisoh.org
which is under re-development. We have so many pages and so much information
to post that we find it necessary to have this site as a backup. The new site
is designed to be much more elaborate and beautiful, with advanced coding.
Information on this site will eventually be migrated to the new site as it becomes available.
This site is ideal for older browsers and was originally hosted at harveyabramsbooks.com as a public service.
Those pages were relocated here as of April 13, 2017.
Many updates are taking place during Spring, 2018, especially the NOC Directory.
We will also be establishing a European office in Vienna, Austria in 2018.
Latest updates 21:10 (Central European time), March 12, 2018

In Pennsylvania the time is:

In Vienna, AUSTRIA the time is:

IISOH Library and Museum

The IISOH is organized to operate a Library & Museum devoted to the
History of Sport, Physical Education Recreation, Dance, Sport in Art
and the Olympic Games.

Mr. Harvey Abrams, President
IISOH Library & Museum
PO Box 175
State College, PA., USA 16804


The images at show the range of our Sport in Art collections that are planned - from ancient Greek statuary to modern statuary.
We have arranged for a copy of the ancient Discus Thrower (British Museum) to be made for our collections.
We have first rights to acquire the modern statue of ROCKY #3.

This website was created April 13, 2017
as an html version of our fancy, new website
under development at www.iisoh.org
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