NeveHarms Russ Platt has a long record of helping youth sports.
Russ coached women's softball in the early l96Os. In the 197Os he coached baseball in West Peoria. He has been president of the Manual Booster Club, has repaired bicycles for Toys for Tots, and volunteered set-up of the initial Jumpball Jamboree at the IHSA March Madress Experience.
Russ served as president of the Independent Sports Club in 1984, and for the past 11 years has served as treasurer for the ISC. Under Russ' watch, the ISC has grown to over 700 members, making it easier to perform its mission "...to help provide Peoria area youth the best sports programs in the country."
Russ and his wife Betty celebrated 50 years of marriage last year. He is proud to join the long list of friends who have received this award: Gary Trotter, Dan Shea, Jim Watson, and fellow worker from Illinois Mutual, Chuck McCord.
Russ Platt has a long record of helping youth sports.
1965 Pekin Football Team
Athletic Director: Dawson Hawkins; Head Football Coach: Joe L. Venturi; Varsity Backfield Coach: Jim Peterson; Varsity Line Coach: Jack Stout; Soph. Coach: Tom Innis; Soph. Coach: Lynn McCann; Freshman Coach: Joe Vucich. Varsity Manager: Don Nieukirk; Managers: Russ Bruns; Ernie Wernowsky; Richard Helmantoler.
Pekin's 9-0-1 season was Coach Joe Venturi's first undefeated Pekin team and the school's first in 30 years. Led by Dennis Hurley and featuring Jim Laudenslayer and Burt Dancey, this explosive gridiron squad out-scored opponents 259-59, while holding four of them scoreless. Only twice did they give up more than on touchdown. The only tie was a 7-7 standoff with unbeaten Spalding before 10,162 fans at Peoria Stadium.