NeveHarms About the Neve Harms Award
The Neve Harms Award for Meritorious Service to Sports was established in 1966.
Neve was director of Proctor Recreation Center. He knew the need for all youths to participate in sports activities, not just the few who excelled. He therefore adopted a firm policy that assured all youths would have an opportunity to play in various sports activities.
Neve was a 4-sport player at Manual High and a member of the 1929 Manual High State basketball champions.
His tradition was carried on by former winners Tony Van Dyke, Paul Reatherford, and many others who made sure all participated, boys and girls.
In the last number of years, many teams were formed, in basketball, football, soccer, hockey, but that also required sponsorship from various organizations throughout the Peoria area. Such a group is the Independent Sports Club of Peoria (ISC), a current member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame. It was established in 1945 with its goal to help kids in the greater Peoria area.
Our winner this year is Cliff Coddington a man who has belonged to this club for 50 years, serving as past president, board member, and many activities chairman, but by far his most important achievement is that of being treasurer this past 16 years. He took the ISC through a very troubled era to where today it is financially sound, while contributing thousands of dollars to our youth and fulfilling Neve Harms' dream that as long as men like Cliff Coddington are alive, that dream will last forever.
About the Neve Harms Award
|1984-85 Richwoods Girl's Basketball Team|
Coached by Mary Kay Hungate (GPSHOF class of 2000), the ’84-’85 Lady Knights extended an “era of excellence” in Richwoods basketball history. Ranked #1 in the Class AA poll throughout the regular season, they garnered a 5th consecutive conference championship. Led by nationally recognized and All-State selection, Nora Lewis (GPSHOF class of 1992), the Lady Knights were ranked #1 in the nation (USA Today) entering the state tournament, but dropped a semifinal clash with eventual state champion, Marshall of Chicago. The Lady Knights completed an outstanding 32-1 season with a convincing (63-40) win over Maine West of Des Plaines for the 3rd place trophy. Lewis was the tournament’s leading scorer with 76 points.