Reynolds Raps

The other 29 members of the board and I would be most appreciative if you’d take a few seconds to hear this brief “pitch” for our project at the Springfield, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

While now in existence for over three decades, this city sports hall of fame is not unique to similar endeavors around the country. In fact, the fuse that ignited our efforts to improve sports opportunities for local area charities was adopted from an idea developed in San Francisco back in the 1980’s.

Each year, we hold a fundraising banquet and induction ceremony that accomplishes two specific goal. We honor a select group of individuals who have, in the opinion of our voting board, created a significant impact in the sports community over the decades. And we raise funds all of which is distributed to area youth agencies for the continued improvement in equipment and subsequent opportunities in athletics and recreation in general.

Physical and mental fitness, in many respects synonymous, are vital to the ongoing strength of our nation.

In 2021, our organization will hold two induction events. A circumstance brought about by a pandemic caused cancellation of the 2020 event. The virus delayed ceremony will be the evening of Tuesday, May 11th, at the Oasis Convention Centre on North Glenstone Ave. starting at 5 pm with a social hour. The dinner will be at 6, followed by the inductions which are presented on video followed by the honoree’s remarks. The event usually concludes around 8.

This year’s 2020 (the cancelled event) inductees include Larry Nemmers, the long time former National Football League referee; Wayne Fredrick, many time city and Missouri golf champion; Becky Oaks, a Missouri State University product and long time Director of MSHSAA and later the National High School Athletic Federation; Bill Helfrecht, among Springfield’s and Missouri State University’s most gifted and versatile sports athletes; and Dan Lucy, who has been the sports anchor for KOLR 10 during a period covering the last 30 plus years.

In addition, the special Legacy Team will be included and that noted, high achieving group, is the Parkview High School championship basketball team of the mid 1960’s known euphemistically as the Jolly Green Giants.

We’d all welcome you to this induction ceremony as well as the future fundraising events we will sponsor.

Much of the area sports community is present for the event and you’ll be a winner by lending your support.

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