Tri-County Youth Sports Grant
Tri-County Youth Sports Grant Winners
Neve Harms Award
The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame Neve Harms Award, formerly the Peoria Advertising and Selling Club's Annual Meritorious Service to Sports Award, was named the Neve Harms Award in 1966 and for a very good reason.

d As Director of Proctor Recreation Center, Harms observed the need for all youths to experience participation in sports activities, and not just the few who excelled. He, therefore, adopted a firm policy which assured that all youths would have an opportunity to play in games of the various sports controlled by Proctor Center. This plan met with much success and certainly with acceptance by parents whose children became more interested in sport activities at Proctor and consequently made good use of their free time.

d Neve carried through this policy when he was appointed Superintendent of the Peoria City Recreation Department which later became part of the Peoria Park District. In addition, he also developed a system of recognition for all youths so that each young person could feel good about his or her efforts.

d This kind of interest in all youths regardless of ability came from a most competitive and outstanding athlete. Neve was a four-sport player at Manual High School and a three-sport letter winner at Bradley University. He was a member of the 1929 Manual High School State Championship Basketball team.

NEVE HARMS MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD WINNERS
2016    Jerry & Elaine Reibling
2015    Mike Ulrich
2014    PAUL HERZOG
2013    LARRY LEITNER
2012    DANA DAVIS *
2011    BERT SANDERS
2010    GLEN MCCULLOUGH
2009    MIKE MCCOY
2008    STEVE KOURI
2007    RUSS PLATT
2006    GARY TROTTER
2005    DR. B. MICHAEL HIGGINS*
2004    MIKE BURNS
2003    DAN SHEA
2002    MIKE PERSICH
2001    DALE WHITE
2000    JIM WATSON
1999    LARRY STRANZ
1998    RAY PICL
1997    RAY WHITE *
1996    CAROL MAY
1995    CLIFF CODDINGTON
1994    BUD RUFF
1993    DR. WILLIAM HART * & DR. ROBERT HART
    CLARENCE V. WARD, M.D., S.C.
    DR. PAT CUSACK *
    DR. JAMES N. KENNY, SR.
1992    DR. BERNARD CAHILL
1991    TOM LOWERY
    WALT EISELE
1990    BRUCE SAURS*
1989    BONNIE W. NOBLE
    PATRICK SULLIVAN
1988    ED DWYER
1987    BILL SUITS
1986    MIKE OLSON
1985    CHUCK MCCORD *
1984    LEW WILLIAMS *
1983    STEVE SHOSTROM
1982    MARK OLSON
1981    CLARENCE FAUCETT *
1980    Harold Lintz
1979    Harold "Pete" Vonachen*
1978    Quentin Yerby
1977    Charles Orsborn
1976    Paul Reatherford
1975    Peter BardezBanian *
1974    Dawdy Hawkins *
1973    Leo Schrall *
1972    Chuck McCord *
1971    Stretch Miller *
1970    Dick Baxter *
1969    Left Tyler *
1968    Ed Saurs *
1967    Tony Van Dyke *
1966    Kenny Jones *

*DECEASED


Awards prior to 1981 were offered through the Peoria Advertising Club, rather than the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame. We don't have biographies for these individuals. If anyone would be able to provide the bios that were written by the club at the time of the awards, we would very much appreciate receiving them for posting. We are also missing the Bruce Saurs' bio that was written in the 1991 Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame Banquet book, and we would like to receive it also. We are specifically interested in the bios written at the time of the awards, not more or less current. Please contact Rick at rkestner@pekinhigh.net.
Events

April 7, 2018

 

37th Induction Banquet

The 37th Greater Peoria Sports Hall Of Fame Induction Banquet will be held Saturday, April 7th at the Peoria Civic Center. Social Hour begins @ 5:00 pm, followed by dinner @ 6:00 pm and the induction ceremony. Tickets are $35 before March 28th and $40 if purchased between March 28 thru April 3, 2018.

To order tickets call 309-691-3553 or email: susie1026@comcast.net.
 
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Tickets will NOT be available at the door the night of the banquet.

 

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The first official Board of Directors meeting was held October 14, 1979. Officers were elected. Early decisions determined that the Hall of Famers would be from the Greater Peoria Area; the name would be The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame; its purpose would be to promote and encourage the many varied sports programs in our area, to share with the area the pride we have in the accomplishments of area athletes, and to honor those men, women and teams contributing to our enjoyment and rich sports history.

With the cooperation of the Peoria Civic Center Commission and generous community support, the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame is a reality and it's future is bright..

 

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