Les Brosett (left photo) received the Ken Howard’s Spirit Award from Doyle Blasingame at the NW La. District Senior Olympics Athletes Party Tuesday at Bossier Knights of Columbus Hall. Gerry Robichaux (center photo) was named the Most Valuable Player for 2015. In the right photo, Ronny Comstock (left) and Lionel Brangham pose with their Volunteer of the Year awards. (Click photo to enlarge)
Lillian Trammel received the coveted Hazel Gay Award and Les Brosset was named winner of the Ken Howard’s Spirit Award Tuesday as the 23rd Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics held its Athletes Banquet at the Bossier Knight of Columbus Hall.
The Gay Award is named for the late Program Director of the Bossier Council of Aging who helped keep the games alive after the district’s founding group, the YMCA of Shreveport-Bossier, discontinued conducting them in 1i995. She lobbied that the BCOA pick up the district games and worked tirelessly to see that become a reality. “We all admired how she loved the games and how she worked to make them a success,” said Doyle Blasingame, District Chairman. “Lillian exhibits many of Hazel’s good qualities.”
Brosset, Blasingame said, is a good fit for the Howard’s Spirit Award, which honors the way in which the late Ken Howard embraced the games, with an infectious enjoyment of all aspects of competition and with a willingness to encourage others. “Les is a good competitor. He is always ready to assist in judging and scoring and anything needed to help the games run smoothly. And it is all done in the spirit and enjoyment that the Senior Olympics stands for.”
– Earlier in the district competition, Matt Pace won the Jesse Lanier Memorial Award, given to the outstanding individual in the track and field meet.
Other award winners:
–Ronny Comstock and Lionel Brangham, Volunteers of the Year. Each helped conduct various events on the 2014 calendar.
–Gerry Robichaux, Most Valuable Player Award. Robichaux, who was in on the YMCA’s effort to open the district games in 1992, is in the final of 22 years of service to the organization. In his tenure, he oversaw softball, 3-on-3 basketball, track and field, swimming and tennis competition. Off the field, he produced Seniorific Magazine and directed the group’s website.
–Una “Red” Fletcher, Athlete of the Year for the district.
In the district’s Challenger Competition, formerly known as the Sweepstakes,:
–Husband and wife Paula and Larry Hadwin won the Bowling Challenge. Gary Price and Jim Draper followed among the men and Red Fletcher and Elaine Ingersoll finished behind Paula Hadwin.
–Steve Pinkley won the Golf Challenge ahead of Jerry Warren and Robert Gatti.
–Brosset, Gary Price and Duane Chilton finished 1-3 in Throws Challenge for the men and Sherri Vullo, Betty Smith and Delores Gentry were 1-3 among the women.
Contestants receive points for their finishes in designated games that involve throwing, golfing or bowling.
In the newest award, Hugh Kates of the Silver Sluggers was named the MVP in Bean Bag by his peers.
A full house of athletes and friends enjoyed a brunch leading into the program in which Jackie Conner congratulated the District Chairman on his retirement. The Union Parish Road Runners, ladies who have satellited to the NW district for the last four years, thanked Blasingame and his wife, Jo Ann, for their work and presented each with their own gold medals and special gifts.