NeveHarms Patrick Sullivan, one of ten children, and a graduate of Peoria High School, has a long history of participation in youth organizations such as Boy's Club, Proctor Center, Taft Homes, and the Peoria Park District.
A standout amateur boxer as a teen-ager, he was a member of the Peoria Boxing team in 1969, won the Peoria Invitational, and took second at the state tournament. In 1970-71-72, he took first place in both tournaments.
Boxing kept Pat out of trouble. Therefore he moved into coaching, tutoring young people in the sport of boxing. SULLIVAN'S LAW was: "A busy kid is a kid not in trouble." In 1972-73, he organized his first boxing club at Trinity Lutheran Church. In 1981, because of his concern for getting kids off the street and the demand for his boxing expertise, he founded the Peoria County Boxing Club in his garage in West Peoria.
With the help of friends, the club moved to a warehouse in Peoria Heights, using fund-raisers to pay the rent. He was instrumental in bringing the National Silver Gloves Tournament to Peoria on two occasions, and brought back Golden Gloves competition in 1986. Pat spent four nights a week at the Boxing Club directing practice, as he wanted to offer young people a place to become involved in athletics. No one was turned away who couldnít pay.
Sullivan was co-ordinator of the Amateur Boxing Association, Eastern Section, for many years, and was vice-president of the Illinois Amateur Boxing Association. No longer active in boxing, he continues to work with youth groups where his children are in school.
Patrick Thomas Sullivan is an unsung hero having made a tremendous influence on the lives of scores of young people.
Patrick Sullivan, one of ten children, and a graduate of Peoria High School, has a long history of participation in youth organizations such as Boy's Club, Proctor Center, Taft Homes, and the Peoria Park District.
Larry Leitner was among the state's elite officials for more than 40 years, officiating high school, college and professional sporting events from 1960 through 2003 and he remains involved in sports by serving on the board of directors for the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament, as well as evaluating current officials and moderating IHSA rules clinics.
Among his officiating highlights, Leitner worked more IHSA basketball and football tournament games than any official in the state's history, earning 27 consecutive boys basketball regional assignments. He also worked the IHSA boys basketball state finals in 1973, 1974 and 1976, including the 1976 championship game, and three IHSA football finals, including the first-ever 2A state championship game in 1974. A charter member of the Gateway Conference officiating crew in 1988, Leitner was part of the crew that officiated the 1990 and 1993 NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinals and he served as an associate official for the Big Ten Conference from 1984-88.
Leitner also was called upon to officiate two IESA state championship games, the 1990 National Catholic Basketball finals, three Shriner All-Star football games and the 1980 IBCA All-Star Classic, while also working for two seasons in the Midwest Professional Football League.
Leitner is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Peoria Officials and Bloomington/Normal Officials Halls of Fame.