Helped develop an age-group track program that was adopted nationwide by the AAU and served as Greater Cleveland Area Chairman for this AAU sport from 1959 to 1970 and nationally until 1965. Served on the CYO Girls Sports Advisory Committee from 1968 through 1979 and on the Cleveland Board of Women Officials from 1962. She was chairman of the later organization in 1969 and 1970. Honored for her volunteer work in 1978 when she was presented the CYO’s Father James O’Brien Award.
A long-time volunteer in the solicitation of business support and financial guarantees needed to hold major tennis events in Cleveland, he helped make possible the staging of seven Davis Cup matches, five Wightman Cup matches and 17 other major national and international tennis events in the city since 1964.
Boating editor for The Cleveland Plain Dealer since 1943, editorial writer for Mid-American Boating News since 1970, he helped organize the Marine Trades Association and the Mid-America Boat Show. Was also a founder of the Great Lakes Historical Society in 1944 and helped establish I-LYA’s Junior Race Week in 1956.
Directing Supervisor of the Physical Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction for the Cleveland Public Schools since 1973, he has contributed thousands of free hours of service to promoting amateur sports in the Cleveland area since 1952. Former local AAU president and an AAU Basketball Committee Chairman on the local and national levels, a trustee for the Cleveland Golden Gloves Association and a founder and treasurer of the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame Foundation he has also been an active participant in the function of the Cleveland Baseball Federation, the Muny Football and Basketball Associations and the Amateur Softball Association.
A prominent figure in women’s modern gymnastics on the local, state and national levels for 30 years, she was manager for the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team, and served as an official, judge and chair woman or meet director at every AAU national championship, Olympic Trials and World Games Trials for women’s gymnastics form 1954 through 1970. Started the Cleveland-area AAU Junior Olympics gymnastics into the educational system at an AAHPER national convention that year. Awarded a Lifetime Membership in the Ohio Gymnastics Association in 1982 for service to the sport in Ohio.
An active member of the American Sokol Organization for 55 years as a volunteer gymnastics coach, competition judge, organizer of new gymnastics clubs in the Greater Cleveland area and clinician. He served on the local AAU gymnastics committee for 28 years and helped organize the first AAU Junior Olympic gymnastics program for boys and girls. Coached seven champions from 1955 through 1964, three of whom earned Olympic berths.
National Open Champion in 1931 he was also a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team from 1931-33; twice, in 1934 and 1939, finished third in the Masters Tournament; was a quarterfinalist in the PGA Championship in 1936, 1938 and 1939, and was named to the PGA Hall of Fame in 1963. The first golfer to use steel clubs, he taught golf at the Country Club for 29 years, retiring in 1963.
United States Professional Squash Champion in 1938, 1940, and 1949, the only Clevelander to claim this multiple honor. Won his last national title at the age of 46. Served for many years as the squash pro at the Cleveland, University and Tavern Clubs.
Won three national AAU handball championships and was runner-up twice in the years between 1926 and 1937. He was Cleveland YMCA handball champion 12 times, won the Ohio YMCA championships seven times and was the Ohio AAU champion five times.
Two-time All-American at Ohio University where he captained the Bobcat wrestling team to three Mid-American Conference titles and national ranking in 1969, 1970 and 1971. Was twice named the outstanding wrestler in the league. Holds seven OU season and career records including a career dual meet mark of 36-0 and won six Lake Erie AAU championships.
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