USSSA Hall of Fame
(L-R) Mike Kreher, Jeff Ott, Willis Miles, Tom
Laurie Guinta, Kurt Kozlowski, Paula Oij, & Clem Esker
Rockford: The Illinois USSSA Held its 18th
Annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at the Radisson Hotel &
Conference Center in Rockford with eight individuals entering into
the honorary hall for their achievements in softball. With two teams
also being honored this evening. More than two hundred forty people
attended the evening's sit down dinner to honor the 'Class of 2012."
After the completion of dinner the evenings Master of ceremonies
Chuck Fischer from Tampa, Florida opened the evenings program by
saying saying, "The ultimate honor that can be bestow upon
a player, coach, manager, director, umpire, sponsor or anyone involved
in the game of softball, in the state of Illinois is to be nominated,
elected and than inducted into the USSSA Hall of Fame of Illinois."
Illinois USSSA Executive State Director Brenda Paulson than read
off the names of all past inductees that were present as each recognized
individual stood throughout the audience as there name was called.
As each individual completed their acceptance remarks Paulson spoke
a personal memory or two about each individual before presented
them with a crystal Hall of Fame statue, their Hall of Fame ring
and a certificate commemorating their induction. The certificate
read, 'United States Slo-Pitch Softball Association Illinois Hall
of Fame (players name & category that they are being inducted
in), upon nomination and election of the Illinois Hall of Fame election
committee of the Illinois USSSA you are here by inducted as a member
of the Illinois United States Slow-Pitch Softball Association Hall
of Fame the 3rd day of November, 2012. This high honor to be highly
recognized forever in the Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame.
Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Chuck
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