NeveHarms Carol May is the more than deserving winner of this year's Neve Harms Award. She has done more than her fair share to give the average girl the chance to participate and play in the world of sports; not "develop stars."
Carol's commitment to girls' athletics began in 1972 while she was a volunteer member of the YMCA-Lakeview Advisory Council. She was then hired to consult and develop programming ideas to get young girls to join and participate in traditional Y classes and activities. She suggested that they develop sports programs for girls, and was given the go-ahead. Due to a lack of funds, she had to implement her ideas and do her own follow-up.
Her first project was to increase the summer softball program. Thirty girls participated, while she and her husband volunteered as coaches. During the basketball season, she had forty girls running up and down the court every Saturday. She also sponsored basketball, soccer, and softball clinics. Overall, there were almost 700 girls who benefitted, thanks to Carol's efforts.
Her biggest accomplishment came in the summer of 1982. She and a group of parents decided to establish and incorporate the Peoria Girls Sports League (PGSL). She planned and personally handled all of the registration activities for the programs, organized the teams, secured the coaches, scheduled the games and officials, took injured players to the hospital, purchased equipment, ordered T-shirts, etc. All this, plus coaching at least one team in every program, and working full-time at ICC.
From 1982-84, she coached at Rolling Acres Middle School to gain experience. In 1985, she was a volunteer soccer coach at Concordia Lutheran School. In the early 1990s, she volunteered for the sports programs at Von Stueben Middle School.
Carol has since retired from the PGSL, but the purpose of the league outlines her life: 1) to provide instruction and competition for young girls in the areas of volleyball, basketball, and softball; 2) to give young girls the opportunity to know girls from all over the city of Peoria; 3) to teach them decision-making skills; and 4) to foster good sportsmanship.
It is important to note that although Carol's intention was never to "develop stars," she made a lot of young girls feel like one.
Carol May is the more than deserving winner of this year's Neve Harms Award. She has done more than her fair share to give the average girl the chance to participate and play in the world of sports; not "develop stars."
|Becky Stutzman McCumber|
Becky Stutzman McCumber joins her grandfather, Carl “Pappy” Stutzman, as the second skeet shooter to be inducted into the GPSHOF. She is considered by most experts to be one of the greatest female skeet shooters in history. She won over twenty-five world skeet shooting championships, with her first in 1983. She also set two world records, hitting 1,183 consecutive targets in the 12-gauge ladies division and 259 straight in the long run doubles division for ladies. At the Illinois state level, Becky has won six open competition titles, including the "High Over All" championship. In 1992 she won the Zone 5 Doubles Championship and made the Illinois state team numerous times over the years. At the national level, Becky has two Open Mini World titles and broke a 400x400 in the Mini in 1999. In the main events that year, Becky broke a 647x650. She has captured numerous Ladies State and National titles along the way. Becky has been named to the Ladies All American team as Captain eight times and made the team in consecutive years for decades beginning in 1983. She currently holds two world records, the ladies Long Run World Record for Doubles at 259 straight established in 1997 and the Ladies Long Run World Record for 12 gauge at 1183 straight established in 2000-2001. Becky has shot 13 career 100 straights in the 410. In 2012, at the Poco Loco (an all 410 shoot), she broke a 397x400 to win HOA RU for the shoot.