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Vic Masi Award

The Vic Masi Award is given and presented by the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Directors. This award is a special way of recognizing those who have contributed to the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame, to athletics and sports in the city of Elgin, and/or to an Elgin school or schools. It is a truly special recognition award for those who have served behind the scenes or at the forefront of athletics in Elgin. Thus, the Victor M. Masi Outstanding Service Award will be presented by the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Directors to a person or organization that has made a significant, long-lasting contribution to the Hall of Fame, the City of Elgin, or its schools. In selecting recipients, voluntary service will be one of the major considerations.

Awards

Dick Fitchie - 2018 Vic Masi Award recipient

Dick Fitchie has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Victor Masi Service Award by the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors.  He joined the Board of Directors in 2000, serving as president and vice president.  Fitch was the originator of the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation Golf Outing (2006) as a means to raise funds for the organization's scholarship fund.  He chaired the golf committee until his passing in 2017; through his leadership, the outing has raised over $175,000.  In addition, Dick was a lifetime member of the St. Edward Booster Club, where he was a major donor and fundraiser for new bleachers, was involved with the Greg True luncheon for over 30 years, and helped initiate and implement the Greg True Scholarship Fund.  Fitchie was also a member of the St. Edward Foundation Board, serving as president for three years.

Deryl Carter - 2017 Vic Masi Award recipient

Deryl Carter received the Victor Masi Award for his long and dedicated service to youth sports in Elgin.  In 1984, Deryl organized the YMCA Youth Basketball League and administered it for over a decade.  The program taught basketball fundamentals to elementary boys and girls as early as second grade.  He included high school basketball players as coaches, giving them the opportunity to increase their basketball knowledge and leadership skills.  Deryl also coached softball and baseball for many years, starting with softball with the Elgin Area Softball League (1982).  When that league disbanded, he became involved with Continental Little League where he coached softball at every level.  His Big League All-Star teams made consecutive appearances in the Big League World Series in 1984 and 85, finishing fourth and third respectively.  Deryl made a significant contribution to the families on the southwest side of Elgin with his vision, leadership and volunteer service in the expansion of the Continental Little League complex.  Expansion took years to complete, and he was asked to take the lead in its construction.  Carter was also one of the first coaches recruited to coach the newly established Junior Royals basketball team in the 1980's.  Since then, he has been daughter Corry's assistant girls basketball coach at Whitney Young High School and also serves as a certified volunteer coach for son Deryn's Larkin Royals boys basketball team.

Dennis DeBoer - 2017 Vic Masi Award recipient

Dennis DeBoer received the Victor Masi Award for his dedicated service to the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, the St. Edward Central Catholic High School's athletic programs and Elgin area youth sports.  Dennis was one of the original 100 charter members of the foundation in 1980.  Later, he joined the board of directors and was a member for 32 years, during which he served as president and was a driving force in membership growth.  He was devoted to St. Edward's and its athletic programs, as he was very involved with the Green Wave's Ladies basketball program, especially at the junior varsity level, and also helped coach the special teams for the junior varsity football program.  Among other groups that Denny volunteered his time with were St. Mary's Grade School boys basketball, Trout Park Teener Baseballl League and the Elgin High golf team.

Frank Celarek - 2016 Vic Masi Award recipient

The 2016 Victor Masi Service Award was presented to Frank Celarek.  Frank has been a St. Edward Booster Club board member from 1989 to the present.  During that time, he has served as president and vice president and run numerous Booster Club activities, including the golf outing, the Pot of Gold fundraiser, and the Super Bowl raffle board and dinner.  In addition, Frank has organized, prepared, and worked concessions for all home football games from 1990 to the present, organized and hosted regional tournaments for girls volleyball and basketball, organized father/daughter and mother/son dances, and started the "E-mail News Blast" which includes a sports data base for all St. Edward teams beginning in 2014.  He has also announced girls volleyball and basketball games at the school for over 25 years.

Robert Todd - 2015 Vic Masi Award recipient

Robert Todd received the 2015 Victor Masi Outstanding Service Award for providing service to Elgin area youth sports.  Robert coached baseball for over 20 years.  This included time spent with Little League, Travel teams, the American Legion Post 57 team, and the Larkin High School summer league varsity team.  He has also served as the general manager for the American Legion Post 57 team.

Robert’s involvement with youth in Elgin was not limited to baseball.  He has spent over 30 years as a coach of both boys and girls gymnastics.  Todd was very instrumental in keeping the sport of gymnastics alive at Larkin High School, as he was the director of the Larkin Gymnastics Academy for 20 years.  In addition, he ran summer gymnastics camps for students from 4th grade through college, serving over 1500 men and women during his 28 years in the program.  Many of his students went on to excel at both the high school and college levels.

John O'Haire - 2014 Vic Masi Award recipient

John O'Haire received the 2014 Vic Masi Service Award recipient for his 40+ years of service to little league.  Beginning as a volunteer umpire in the Elgin Continental T-Ball program in 1973, John has served as a coach, vice president of the minor leagues, manager and coach of the senior girls softball team, vice president, secretary, executive vice president, and acting president in the league through 1994.  He then joined the board of District 13, the adminstrative agency for Little League programs in North Central Illinois in 1994 and has been the safety officer of the district since 1996, overseeing the "Safety Awareness Program" efforts.

Past recipients of the Victor M. Masi Outstanding Service Award are: James Biggins, Ken Barnhart, Carol Biggins, David Covey, Dave St. John, Don Wojciechowski, Maxine Turek, Bill Lauderdale, Bill Vincent, Ron & Kathie Lange, Bob Pleticha, Joann Jolitz and MIke Bailey.