Nominate an Athlete Community Volunteer for the Northbrook Hall of Fame

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The Northbrook Park District is currently accepting Hall of Fame nominations through April 22. Since 1978, the Northbrook Park District has honored community volunteers and athletes with its Hall of Fame and Sports Hall of Fame. Over 60 people have been inducted since the project began. Nominations are accepted by the Hall of Fame Committee and the committee’s recommendation is then considered by the Board of Commissioners who vote for the inductions.

The Northbrook Park District Hall of Fame recognizes community volunteers who have dedicated their time and effort to improving the quality of the District’s recreation offerings. The nomination criteria are:

  • Applicants must have volunteered with the Park District or one of its affiliates in a meaningful way for at least five years.
  • Nominees must have served as role models for the community, especially its youth.
  • Candidates cannot have received payment for their service or volunteered solely for the benefit of a family member.
  • With the significant number of talented athletes at Northbrook, from outdoor sports like baseball and soccer to ice sports like hockey, figure skating and speed skating, a Sports Hall of Fame category has been added in 1995. The Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of athletes. who are from Northbrook or have used Northbrook Park District facilities as their primary training venue. Eligible applicants must have participated in sport at the national, Olympic, international or professional level. In addition, they must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Won a national championship in a sports team or in an individual sport
  • Finished on a World or Olympic team or received a medal in any Olympic sport
  • Earned All-American recognition
  • Achieved professional status in a sport
  • In 2020, the Park Board of Commissioners voted to approve the induction of hockey player J.T. Compher and speed skater Brian Hansen into the Sports Hall of Fame. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a celebration of their induction has been postponed. The district hopes to recognize both athletes at a joint ceremony with this year’s inductees. Other Sports Hall of Fame inductees include national collegiate figure skating champion Heather Aseltine and professional baseball player Jason Kipnis. Volunteers inducted into the Hall of Fame include Darryl Skale, coach of Glenbrook North High School, Mark Gerstein, director of Northbrook Action Baseball, and George Garner, who was inducted for his volunteerism in the programs of cycling, hockey, soccer and football in Northbrook.

    Nomination forms can be submitted electronically through our website. Online submission of nominations is due no later than April 22. Submission of a nomination form does not guarantee acceptance into the Hall of Fame. Questions can be directed to Joan Scovic at 847-897-6129.

    Serving the community since 1927, Northbrook Park District’s mission is to improve the community by providing exceptional services, parks and facilities through environmental, social and financial stewardship.

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