NeveHarms Clarence Faucett's unselfish and dedicated work with the youth of Peoria was brought to a regretful close when he collapsed and died at the parking lot of a store at University and Forrest Hill on August 17, 1981.
But throughout his lifetime he had done much ... he had accomplished his objective of helping thousands of kids -. black, white, Protestant and Catholic. His heart of gold and his sincere interest in youth caused him to be a father figure to all the kids he coached and helped.
Clarence organized and directed the Sports Club, the Silver Club for youth sports activities. He worked at the Salvation Army, Carver Center and was involved in kid's summer programs. He coached at St. Boniface, Trewyn and St. Philomena grade schools, as well as the Little Leagues and Journal Star baseball program. He was a great influence to the boys at Manual, Woodruff, Central and Spalding and could be seen at these schools' games watching and encouraging "his" boys.
In 1963 Faucett was one of the two people to share the Brotherhood Award, and in 1980 he was honored at a testimonial dinner which was attended by coaches in the area, by children, adults and civic leaders.
Mrs. Germaine Faucett, his wife, will proudly accept his Neve Harms Meritorious Service To Sports Award.
Clarence Faucett's unselfish and dedicated work with the youth of Peoria was brought to a regretful close when he collapsed and died at the parking lot of a store at University and Forrest Hill on August 17, 1981.
Paul Reatherford was the main ramrod in establishing Peoria's first Biddy Basketball program in 1951 at the old Salvation Army gym with 275 boys. He started as Coach and Director in that league in 1947 where he stayed for 23 years. That first year in the official Biddy program his team won the state title but lost its first game in the national tournament in Scranton, Pa., home of the Biddy program. In subsequent years, his teams would have first and third place finishes, plus one season where our town hosted the national tournament.