Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum reorganizes, becomes its own nonprofit

WICHITA — The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum has made some changes that its board hopes will enhance it over time.

The museum, which is at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton, is now its own nonprofit and has separated its governance and operations from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

The two have been at separate sites since the Hall of Fame moved from Old Town to the Wichita Boathouse in 2010.

“It’s natural for us to take this step and just keep the two separate,” says board member Debra Mitchell, who also handles public relations for her family’s Chisholm Trail.

Mitchell says local operations mean a more local board.

“We’ll have a lot more input by local people and just a lot more interaction with the community.”

Although the Hall of Fame and the museum are separate now, an overall board of trustees still governs them both.

The museum has been closed most of the summer to reorganize and select its board.

It’s now reopen in 14,100 square feet, which compares to 18,000 square feet that it previously had.

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Jordan Sports expands at Chisholm Trail Center – Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton

WICHITA — The 2-year-old Jordan Sports is expanding at Chisholm Trail Center – Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton.

The shop, which does screen printing and embroidery and sells promotional products and sporting goods, has been in 1,200 square feet. It’s moving to 4,500 square feet between Carter’s and the Kansas Sports Museum.

“It was just a better situation,” Landon Jordan says.

He says the landlord made it worth his while to move.

“It just made more sense to come over here.”

Jordan says if the weather cooperates for a move this weekend, the new store will open Tuesday.


Jordan Sports to open at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops

WICHITA — Landon Jordan had hoped to teach social studies at Valley Center High School where he’s an assistant coach of the girls basketball team, but he says state budget cuts foiled those plans.

So instead, Jordan, who has a master’s degree in sports management, is opening Jordan Sports at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton.

The 1,200-square-foot store will offer screen printing, embroidery, uniforms and some equipment.

“I know about sports,” Jordan says.

So when teaching didn’t work out, he says he started contemplating this store and made some calls to check into it.

“The more people I called, the more people wanted stuff,” Jordan says.

His father, Randy, also will be involved in the business. Randy Jordan is the head girls basketball coach at Newton High School.

Landon Jordan says they hope to sell to a lot of colleges, high schools and recreation centers.

The business officially opens July 1, which is when a Web site will be ready, too. Landon Jordan says he’ll offer an expanded line of products at www.jordansportsks.com.