Inductees Charles F. "Chuck" Burroughs was a vital part of the Peoria boxing scene for over 60 years, his career spanning every facet of the sport from Golden Gloves champion to referee, ring announcer, judge, corner man and author.
Entering the ring for the first time in 1929 as an 108-pound 14-year-old, he won his first Golden Gloves crown in 1931 in the 135 pound class, represented Peoria in Chicago at 147 pounds the next year, was a 160-pound king in 1936 and a heavyweight champ the next year.
In all, he boxed in sanctioned competition in every weight from flyweight through heavyweight in his long career, leaving the amateur ranks in 1937 as a heavyweight to fight in such places as Atlantic City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Europe and Australia.
Later he was a boxing columnist for the old Peoria Star and in 1977 authored a book detailing the history of boxing in Peoria. The Peoria Historical Society was given his collection of boxing memorabilia that is now housed in the Bradley University library.
Charles F. "Chuck" Burroughs was a vital part of the Peoria boxing scene for over 60 years, his career spanning every facet of the sport from Golden Gloves champion to referee, ring announcer, judge, corner man and author.
The selection of Sheriff Mike McCoy as our Neve Harms Award winner this year was a natural. The Neve Harms Award is given each year to the person who makes significant contributions to the youth of the greater Peoria area. We've all heard and read about the run from Peoria to Memphis for St. Jude each August. Mike McCoy founded the St. Jude Run in 1982, and the children of St. Jude and their parents are well aware of this charity. This event has raised over $15.6 million dollars for St. Jude since its inception.