Inductees Joe Allen, one of the most prolific scorers and rebounders in Bradley's fabled basketball history, is also remembered as one of the most courageous and determined performers ever to play the game. A crippling knee injury required a permanent brace throughout his career, but injuries never diminished his amazing shooting accuracy.
A hefty 6' 6", Allen was unstoppable once he got the ball in the pivot area and scored 1,763 points in his three varsity seasons (1966-68). His career average of 22.3 is surpassed only by the 24.4 of Chet Walker. He is also No. 4 on the all-time rebounding list with 865 in 79 games.
He was named a Helms All-American in both 1967 and 1968, was a member of the All-Missouri Valley Conference team in 1966-67-68 and was named to the Sugar Bowl All-Tournament team in 1966.
In 1967-68, his senior season, he led all NCAA Division I players when he shot .655%, hitting 258 of 394 shots. He also owns the school's career field goal mark, producing 672 field goals in 1,116 shots for .602%.
After his playing days were over, he returned to Bradley to be an assistant coach. He also played professional basketball in Italy and was named the leagueís MVP for three straight years.
Joe Allen, one of the most prolific scorers and rebounders in Bradley's fabled basketball history, is also remembered as one of the most courageous and determined performers ever to play the game. A crippling knee injury required a permanent brace throughout his career, but injuries never diminished his amazing shooting accuracy.
As a man devoted to sports, Mick Donahue contributed an essential (and sometimes underappreciated) service to organized sports in Peoria for decades. His passion for athletics began as a youth as a participant in the Salvation Army Junior League Tournament and Proctor Center Basketball League. At Peoria Manual High School in the early 50’s, he played on the baseball team. After graduating from Manual, he was a player/manager on the LeTourneau-Westinghouse team in the old Industrial League, which was one of the nation’s top amateur sports organizations at the time.
Mick spent much of his life coaching, organizing and officiating youth sports in the area, especially baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball. He volunteered as a coach from 1957-72 for the St. Boniface Mustangs. Additionally he coached numerous Little League and Pony League teams.
Over the next several decades, he volunteered thousands of hours organizing and administering officials for various league play in the community. Beginning in 1972, he supervised adult softball and basketball leagues for the Peoria Park District. He also scheduled officials/umpires for the area’s catholic grade schools as well as many basketball, baseball, and softball games for the Peoria Public Schools. In his over 30 years with the Peoria Park District, Mick trained, assigned, and supervised officials for adult softball games for leagues at Peoria Stadium and Sterling school. He organized a force of volunteer basketball officials for the Prairie State Games.
Even after his passing in 2011, his legacy in sports continued to have a positive impact for a charitable cause. As a tribute and acknowledgement of his decades of dedication to local softball leagues, a Mick Donahue Memorial Tournament was held in August of 2013, on the park district diamonds near Peoria Stadium. Many teams participated and many others, including umpires, volunteered their services. Proceeds from the successful event were donated to the PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation, a disease being fought by his granddaughter. Concurrent with the tournament, a park bench was dedicated near the large diamond near Peoria Stadium. The small plaque affixed to the bench, reads, “In Memory of Mick Donahue for his dedication to softball and the Peoria Park District.”