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2009 Illinois NSA Hall of Fame

Induction Banquet Holiday Inn Express, Bradley

December 5, 2009

Illinois NSA - BPA Hall of Fame - Class of 2009

The Third Annual Illinois NSA - BPA Hall of Fame Induction Banquet was held on Saturday December 5, 2009 at the Holiday Inn Express in Bradley with nearly one hundred people in attendance honoring the nine inductee's making up the Class of 2009. The Illinois NSA - BPA Class of 2009 includes; Tim Demetrulias - Director from Cahokia, Les Duncan - Director from Matteson, Gordie Greenley - Meritorious Service from Kankakee, Vic Laredo - Director from East Peoria, Jim Parks - Umpire from the Quad Cities. Mike Peters - Meritorious Service from Kankakee, Eastside Centre Complex - Hall of Champions from East Peoria,Mattoon Pride Softball Club - Hall of Champions from Mattoon and Gordy McFarland Sports Complex - Hall of Champions from Troy.

After a buffet style meal, Bob Kerness Illinois NSA UIC opened the evenings program by introducing Illinois NSA - BPA State Director Gerry Gund by saying, "Without Gerry there wouldn't be the NSA." Gund welcomed those present before thanking his sponsors, Holiday Inn Express, Homestead Restaurant, Decker Sports, Xtreme Promotional Products, Maximum Performance, Inc and Weber Printing. Gund than went on to introduce the Illinois Hall of Fame Committee. Gund than introduced the evenings Master of Ceremonies Brendan Olszewski from News Web Radio in Kankakee.

Olszewski thanked the sponsors of the evenings program and than made his opening remarks before introducing the evenings guest speaker Ted Petersen. Petersen a native of near by Momence and a former NFL player for the Pittsburgh Steelers with two 'Super Bowl Rings' to his credit and currently the Athletic Director at Kankakee Community College.

Petersen spoke about how sports have helped in life by saying, "Chuck Noll taught us to play within the rules. He wanted you to be mentality tough, play within the framework of the rules and just physically beat up your opponent." Petersen went on to tell how in college he was the starting tight end and the coaching staff moved to the offensive center position by saying, "I was really pouting and thinking about transferring and now I tell kids 'you know what, you need to work hard, don't quit and keep a great attitude because great things happen when you do'." Petersen while speaking about his college career said, "Our best year ever was five and six but we were winners because we were prepared to win."

Petersen closed by telling what athletics has done for him saying. "I became a better person, more resilient, stronger, tougher, That's what happens when you play athletics. What else is really important are the relationships. It does not matter what level you play at, you learn the same things you develop the same friendships."

Petersen took the time to field questions from those attending answering how his Superbowl champions Steelers would compare to today's teams and showing his Superbowl rings to those who asked. Petersen also signed autographs to photos for all who asked him to.

Gund read from the statue that was given to each inductee, "Illinois NSA Hall of Fame. In recognition of your outstanding service and dedication to NSA, Member (inductee's name & category) to Illinois Softball. December 5, 2009."

At the close of the evening Olszewski announced that the 2010 Illinois NSA - BPA Hall of Fame Induction Banquet would be held Saturday December 4, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Express in Bradley.

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