Seven men and three women, most instrumental in having founded or initiated amateur sports groups that have affected thousands of lives in Howard County, have been selected as the first class for induction into a new county Community Sports Hall of Fame.
The hall of fame, which will be a wall in the county Department of Recreation and Parks headquarters, was proposed last year by the rec department. It has no parallel in the county, in that it is intended to recognize organizers and leaders rather than athletes.
A 12-member committee chosen by rec department leaders sorted through more than 50 possibilities to come up with the first class. The criteria were that members be "outstanding persons who have gained prominence and/or have made substantial contributions in community recreation sports" in the county.
Induction ceremonies will be conducted in October for these people, listed alphabetically:
TONY AARDRUP: Aardrup, instrumental in the start-up of Babe Ruth Baseball for boys in the county, was long active in the Savage Boys and Girls Club.
In the early 1980s, Aardrup served simultaneously as the Boys and Girls Club president, as well as commissioner of basketball and baseball. Aardrup, who lives in Florida, also officiated games most evenings and weekends.
ARLEEN DINNEEN: Dinneen, 62, a runner who figures she has covered more than 20,000 miles, is one of the county's most unusual sports stories.
For 27 summers, the Centennial-area resident has conducted weekly, 1-mile "fun runs" that begin and end in her yard. She charges 50 cents to take part, gives prizes for participating -- not competing -- to children as young as 5, although many adults take part, as well.
She has been at it so long, she said last year, that a few of her original child runners have brought their children to participate.
GEORGE and JOYCE BICKERTON: The name Bickerton for years was associated with adult sports in the county, starting in the 1970s and extending into the early 1990s.
The Bickertons, who live in Ellicott City, are credited with starting adult leagues for basketball, softball and flag football. They also have helped form officiating groups in each of those sports.
BILL GLASGOW: Glasgow, a county attorney, was long involved in the Ellicott City-based Howard County Youth Program, which conducts programs in baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball.
During 23 years of service with HCYP, Glasgow served as baseball, softball and basketball commissioner. The rec department credited him with starting the club's fast-pitch softball programs, directing several youth tournaments and taking care of the club's countless field and gym permits for 16 years. He also served on HCYP's executive board for 12 years.
FELIX RAUSCH and BILL SIM: Rausch and Sim, who both live in Columbia, were among the founders of the Soccer Association of Columbia-Howard County. Rausch, having just moved to the area from Atlanta in Columbia's earliest days, articulated the idea, and Sim, working here with a British construction company, was one of the first coaches.
"When this club started, Rausch and I used to go to the Columbia Association in pickup trucks each Saturday, get nets and supplies to line the field," Sim recalled last year when SAC-HC opened its eight-field Northrop Fields at Covenant Park complex. "And then we'd go, do the lines, coach a game and referee three more."
SAC-HC, in about 30 years, has blossomed into Howard County's largest single amateur sports group, with just fewer than 6,000 players having competed this spring. It is Maryland's second-largest soccer club, and it is the only youth group in a team sport in the county to own its facility.
BETTY and BILL STRAEHLE: Betty Straehle, who lives in Ellicott City, and her late husband were founders of the Howard County Swim Association. Both were meet officials for many years at the annual Howard County Invitational Swim Championships.
DAVID TRIPP: Tripp, a retired executive of the Rouse Co. who lives in Columbia, was one of the founders of the Howard County Striders, the highly active and visible running club with more than 1,000 members.
Tripp has been Striders president, treasurer, weekly race coordinator and administrator and is in its hall of fame. He also is a track and running official who remains involved in track and cross-country officiating.