NeveHarms Bill Suits has had a strong desire for many years to be of service to other people. For the past five years he has been the official umpire for the Mentally Handicapped Adult Softball League sponsored by the Easter Seal Center and Peoria Park District. This commitment entails several assignments a week. In addition, he contributes to the formation of the special rules which govern the play of these softball games. He applies these rules as well as the control of the games with the greatest interest and concern for the players.
He is on the local board of the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center and also serves on the State Board of Easter Seal, as well as on the Mayor's Board for Architectural Barriers to Assist the Handicapped.
After his accident in 1964, he worked for his General Education Diploma and thereafter earned an Associate Degree from Illinois Central College in Medical Records.
Bill takes care of his three acres, has a large garden and prepares meals. He enjoys the opportunity to watch over his grandchildren. He and his wife Shirley have three children and four grandchildren.
Bill Suits has had a strong desire for many years to be of service to other people. For the past five years he has been the official umpire for the Mentally Handicapped Adult Softball League sponsored by the Easter Seal Center and Peoria Park District. This commitment entails several assignments a week. In addition, he contributes to the formation of the special rules which govern the play of these softball games. He applies these rules as well as the control of the games with the greatest interest and concern for the players.
Neve Harms Award
The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame Neve Harms Award, formerly the Peoria Advertising and Selling Club's Annual Meritorious Service to Sports Award, was named the Neve Harms Award in 1966 and for a very good reason.
As Director of Proctor Recreation Center, Harms observed the need for all youths to experience participation in sports activities, and not just the few who excelled. He, therefore, adopted a firm policy which assured that all youths would have an opportunity to play in games of the various sports controlled by Proctor Center. This plan met with much success and certainly with acceptance by parents whose children became more interested in sport activities at Proctor and consequently made good use of their free time.
Neve carried through this policy when he was appointed Superintendent of the Peoria City Recreation Department which later became part of the Peoria Park District. In addition, he also developed a system of recognition for all youths so that each young person could feel good about his or her efforts.
This kind of interest in all youths regardless of ability came from a most competitive and outstanding athlete. Neve was a four-sport player at Manual High School and a three-sport letter winner at Bradley University. He was a member of the 1929 Manual High School State Championship Basketball team.
Awards prior to 1981 were offered through the Peoria Advertising Club, rather than the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame. We don't have biographies for these individuals. If anyone would be able to provide the bios that were written by the club at the time of the awards, we would very much appreciate receiving them for posting. We are also missing the Bruce Saurs' bio that was written in the 1991 Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame Banquet book, and we would like to receive it also. We are specifically interested in the bios written at the time of the awards, not more or less current. Please contact Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newsletters/Banquet Programs2018 Newsletter
2018 Hall of Fame Program
2017 Hall of Fame Program
2016 Hall of Fame Program
2015 Hall of Fame Program
2014 Hall of Fame Program
The first official Board of Directors meeting was held October 14, 1979. Officers were elected. Early decisions determined that the Hall of Famers would be from the Greater Peoria Area; the name would be The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame; its purpose would be to promote and encourage the many varied sports programs in our area, to share with the area the pride we have in the accomplishments of area athletes, and to honor those men, women and teams contributing to our enjoyment and rich sports history.
All content on this website is the property of the GPSHOF.