NeveHarms Long-time former Peoria Heights mayor Ray PicI, who has devoted thousands of hours to the local sports scene, is the winner of the Neve Harms Meritorious Service to Sports Award for 1998.
PicI, in particular, has been synonymous with the Bradley Chiefs Club and the Chicago Cub Boosters of Central Illinois.
He has been a past president and currently on the board of directors of the Chiefs Club, a major fund-raising organization for the Bradley athletic program. Head man of the Chicago Cubs Boosters for 13 years, his efforts have made the appearance of the cub winter caravan a major event in Peoria with thousands attending the banquet each year. During his presidency the Cub boosters club has donated well over $100,000 to local sports programs.
He also has been coordinator of the Central Illinois Chicago Bears Fan Club and last year he finished second among 96 fan club coordinators in membership recruiting.
He was chairman of the committee that brought Junior League Football to Peoria Heights. Other volunteer duties over the years included public address announcer for Peoria Heights grade school sports and Peoria Heights High School football and basketball, official scorer for the Peoria Heights High School girls basketball team and coach in the Peoria Heights Junior Basketball League.
Long-time former Peoria Heights mayor Ray PicI, who has devoted thousands of hours to the local sports scene, is the winner of the Neve Harms Meritorious Service to Sports Award for 1998.
Talk to any parent who had a daughter participate in a Peoria Girls Sports League (PGSL) program, and it is safe to wager they are familiar with Jerry Robertson and his many years of dedicated service to the league. For the PGSL’s 33 years of existence, its programs provided a valuable experience for thousands of girls from third grade through high school. Most notably, Robertson was active in the league for 29 years, including 23 as President of the organization. Over his long tenure, Robertson wore many hats, including recruiting volunteers, keeping score and time, evaluating skills and coordinating the selection of players to the respective teams, securing venues, scheduling games, hiring and scheduling officials, purchasing equipment, updating rules, obtaining the state charter, fundraising, and dealing with the occasional unhappy parent. If that wasn’t enough, he also coached and officiated when needed. Under Robertson’s leadership, PGSL’s basketball program expanded to include a summer league for area high school teams that lasted for 20 years. For more than three decades, PGSL provided thousands of girls, of all skill levels, an opportunity to participate and compete in basketball and softball. Volleyball was also offered on an