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
1977 Elmwood Cross Country Team
Front Row: (from left) Jim Haines, Sam Durst, Rod Andrews.
Elmwood High School won the first state championship in the school's history in the fall of 1977 when it won the Class A state cross country championship at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Coached by Tom Meyers, Elmwood placed five runners in the top 50 to finish with 118 points. Right behind Elmwood came Beecher with 140 points, Minooka with 143 and Lebanon with 147. Darryl Dorich finished 14th in 15:20 to lead Elmwood while Rod Andrews was 15th in 15:32. Mark Kissee was 37th, Dan Harlan 38th and freshman Jim Haines 49th to round out Elmwood's top five. Sam Durst came home 99th and Nick Reinhart 132nd.