Jackie and Junior Watkins to receive the Neve Harms Meritorious Service Award from the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame March 30, 2019

Watkins and Livingston picJunior and Jackie Watkins coordinated basketball and golf events for the Elks organization on an international level when Junior served as the Grand Athletic Global Director for 20 years.

The Watkins’ founded and ran the Hersey Hawkins/Shaun Livingston Summer Basketball League for 35 years. Junior was the league commissioner while Jackie oversaw scoring, scheduling and other matters. Each served on the Peoria Park District Athletic Advisory Board.

Junior has been a member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame board for over 20 years and Jackie has lent her singing voice to the GPSHOF banquet for years. The couple was involved with PHY (People Helping Youth), a non-profit designed to help Little League Baseball at State Park. Junior has been a volunteer official for Caterpillar Leagues and a volunteer host for the IHSA state basketball tournament.

The 38th Greater Peoria Sports Hall Of Fame Induction Banquet will be held on Saturday, March 30th at the Peoria Civic Center. Social Hour begins @ 5:00 pm, followed by dinner @ 6:00 pm and the induction ceremony. Tickets are $35 before March 15 and $40 if purchased between March 20 thru March 26, 2019.

To order tickets call 309-691-3553 or email: susie1026@comcast.net.