NeveHarms Bill Suits has had a strong desire for many years to be of service to other people. For the past five years he has been the official umpire for the Mentally Handicapped Adult Softball League sponsored by the Easter Seal Center and Peoria Park District. This commitment entails several assignments a week. In addition, he contributes to the formation of the special rules which govern the play of these softball games. He applies these rules as well as the control of the games with the greatest interest and concern for the players.
He is on the local board of the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center and also serves on the State Board of Easter Seal, as well as on the Mayor's Board for Architectural Barriers to Assist the Handicapped.
After his accident in 1964, he worked for his General Education Diploma and thereafter earned an Associate Degree from Illinois Central College in Medical Records.
Bill takes care of his three acres, has a large garden and prepares meals. He enjoys the opportunity to watch over his grandchildren. He and his wife Shirley have three children and four grandchildren.
|1997 Tri-County Male Athlete of the Year|
Repeating as Tri-County male Athlete of the Year, Peoria Manual high school star Sergio McClain simply drove the Rams to their fourth consecutive state championship in Carver Arena last March.