DALLAS, Texas - Monday, October 14 was a special day for the Hunt Family, Perot Museum of Nature and Science and City of Dallas as it was announced the sports-themed gallery will now be named the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall.
“We know that Mr. Hunt was curious, inventive and fun-loving, and those qualities align perfectly with the museum’s mission of inspiring minds through nature and science,” said Perot Museum Board Chair Carolyn Perot Rathjen. “Our hope is that the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall will not only inspire learning about the sciences, but represent the important lessons that sports teach.”
The downtown Dallas museum, which topped the 1,000,000 visitor mark in July, was packed for the Monday morning press conference with local dignitaries including Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings on hand. Also announced at the event was a $5-million contribution to the Museum from the Hunt Family Foundation and FC Dallas Foundation that will help fund scholarships for underserved youth and families as well as support other technology and innovation at the Museum.
“Dad had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a true love for nature and science,” said Hunt Sports Group VP Dan Hunt. “I often think of our World Cup trips while he was still alive. A successful trip was not only measured by epic games and tremendous goals, but of equal importance was visiting every museum, botanical garden, civic performance and antique shop within reach.”
While the morning press conference was invite-only, the Museum, packed with kids in the morning for Columbus Day, was closed to the public in the evening for an FC Dallas season ticket holder family and friends event. The entire Museum was open exclusively for FCD fans, players, staff and coaches for an evening of fun at the Museum celebrating the legacy of Lamar Hunt.
“For all of his many accomplishments, his true passion was bringing joy to fans,” said Hunt Sports Group Chairman Clark Hunt. “Now at the Sports Hall which will bear his name, thousands of children and their families will have a chance to experience the science of sports in an interactive, hands-on, and most importantly for my father, fun way.”