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.
Frank Celarek is the 2016 Vic Masi Service Award winner:
The 2016 Victor Masi Service Award will be 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 received the 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.
Past recipients of the Victor M. Masi Outstanding Service Award are: John O'Haire, 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.