2012 Footbag Hall of Fame Nominees

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This just came in from the Footbag.org Announcement E-Mail List, via Tim Vozar.


“Dear footbag players, family, and fans,

The Footbag Hall of Fame Historical Society (http://www.footbag.org/hof) is
pleased to announce that voting has concluded for this year’s nominees, and
we have the results (below)!

Please join us in congratulating the following five individuals who have all
demonstrated the highest dedication of their lives to the sport of Footbag
and are worthy of their place in the Footbag Hall of Fame (in no particular

1)      Kendall Kic – Portland OR (USA)

Kendall started playing footbag in the late 80s, and took over as the chief
promoter/director of footbag in Oregon in the early 90s (no small feat when
you consider the history here). Kendall organized 2-3 footbag tournaments
per year for the entire decade, some of the best freestyle and net
tournaments ever in both quality and hospitality. It culminated in Kendall’s
crowning achievement, the legendary 1997 World Championships (widely
considered one of the best and most successful ever), which really marked
one of the peaks of the popularity of footbag in the entire US. Kendall also
got footbag included in the Oregon State Games, making Oregon the first US
state to recognize footbag in this way. She’s been involved in the business
and manufacturing side of the game. Kendall continues to be involved every
year with the US Open in her unique smiling and uplifting manner. Kendall
has organized dozens of tournaments over the last 20 years. Kendall embodies
the Spirit of Footbag.  As a female competitor and amazing organizer she has
contributed immensely to the image and prestige of our sport.  She is World
Class all around and on so many levels.  Kendall is a role model for all
footbag players but especially to the women in our sport and the generations
that will come after all of us. Kendall is the glue that held together the
Sole Purpose club. Kendall took on the challenge that few people do and have
spent timeless hours and energy over the years running events that have
created footbag history.

2)      Paul Vorvick – Tigard OR (USA)

Paul Vorvick is one of the greatest spirits of the game. period. In 1977 he
saw his first footbag play while attending OSU. Immediately he joined the
NHSA, forerunner to the WFA, then IFPA.   Since those beginnings  of the
sport, he has been a Champion of Footbag. The unquestioned leader , now, of
the longest running Footbag tournament, since 1980, The Beaver Open.  His
enthusiasm for the game and sport has led him to play all the footbag games,
including going for Guiness world records.  He is a teacher of the game and
sport. A partner in passing on the sheer enjoyment of the game, freestyle,
net, 4 square, or ….. GLOW GOLF !  Yes, with his tape of Dark Side of The
Moon, by Pink Floyd, no one has done more to inspire the glow golf games at
the Beaver Open, or elsewhere around the world.!!     He has inspired so
many others.  Many that have gone on to championships, and records. Paul
Vorvick is an energy circle unto himself !!!   But, shared with all others,
willingly.  The main criteria for the Footbag Hall of Fame is to recognize
those that have demonstrated leadership in the sport, and for the sport.
past to present, worldwide. Paul never sought out to be a world champion,
yet in so many ways, he is more than that.  He is an Ambassador of Footbag.
For many years now he has worked hard to continue to grow as a player, to
bring new players in to the sport and to promote footbag in the NW. His
invaluable creativity, hard work and coordination skills have been a great
asset to the Beaver Open. Starting as an attendee, Paul consistently brought
such great ideas and energy forward until it just seemed right that he be
recognized as a Beaver Open staff member. Later, as previous Beaver Open
directors wanted lesser roles, Paul stepped in and assumed a major part of
the coordination of this event, where he also fully participates- not
letting the work of putting on this event interfere with his play. John
Stallberger says, ‘It is due time to have Paul as part of the Footbag HoF.
Not only does he deserve the honor but it is way over due! Paul truly does
exhibit the spirit of a champion footbag player and ambassador. No one
deserves this more than Paul’.

3)      P.T. Lovern – Oakland CA (USA)

PT Lovern started playing competitive footbag sometime around 1994. From the
very beginning, he brought a new attitude on training and work ethic unseen
by anyone prior to him. His hard work was contagious: he motivated dozens of
college students at Eastern Illinois University, Southern Illinois
University, and all over the state as well. He brought that same passion to
the Bay Area in the late 90’s, revitalizing a net scene on the brink of
obscurity. He has won countless tournaments over the years, including
multiple World Titles. As an educator, he has taught footbag in Middle
School programs for over a decade, introducing the game to thousands of
students. His club hosts the largest North American non-Worlds net
tournament every year, the prestigious Green Cup. He has dedicated much of
his life to promoting the sport, and there are few that can compare their
on-court record to his. PT is one of the few that made his mark in every
aspects of the sport. First by his uber skillz , still one the best net
player and then for his leadership with getting people to kick, organizing,
promoting. There’s no aspect where this guy didn’t excel.

4)      James Harley – Columbia SC (USA)

James “The Legend” Harley is an east coast footbag legend.  At a time when
the east coast was at a historical high point, it was discovered that James
Harley was running his own footbag league, with it’s own rules, tournaments,
and Belts, in the Carolinas.  He tirelessly promoted footbag in his region,
and eventually joined the east coast footbag scene to be one of the power
houses of footbag net.  James more than deserves a spot in the sport’s hall
of fame. Of note is his record in doubles net at Southern regionals, where
he won the title 8 times with 7 different partners (including 5 in a row
1996 – 2000). All in all he had 35 net titles. He also helped organizers of
the Texas States for years (and some Southern Regionals), hosted 2 Carolina
Classics, and served on the IFPA board for over 10 years. James also served
on the footbag net seeding committee for Worlds a couple times, compiling
stats and records more completely than ever before (or since). James was
active in WFA play from 1993 to 2010. His last titles were ’09 Texas States
doubles and ’10 Funtastik doubles masters division. Jame’s Ph.D.
dissertation on freestyle as performance is probably the most complete (and
only) history of freestyle up to its time (2001), documenting the
development of the aesthetic aspects of the sport. James has given countless
hours to training other players, organizing, running events, and providing
his scholarly input to both Freestyle and Net.  He definitely contributed to
bringing new life to Footbag in Austin and Texas but to our entire sport.
Many of you know that he wrote his PhD thesis on Footbag and for those that
don’t, I think it’s an important contribution.

5)      Jukka Peltola – Helsinki (Finland)

Jukka started playing footbag in 1994 and is one of the founding members of
Finnish Footbag Association back in 1995. He has been the driving force in
finnish footbag scene ever since. He has won numerous medals in Finnish
Footbag Championships, attended over 10 worlds and many european
championsips since 1996. Jukka helped show case footbag on Finnish TV. He
was the main organizer in worlds 2005 and 2011, which we think, have been
one of the best organized tournaments ever. He has also organized and
co-organized a lot of tournaments, shows and work shops in Finland in the
past 17 years and has constantly been pushing footbag forward as a sport in
Finland and in the world. He is a very social guy and well known and liked
throughout the footbag world. He probably still owns the best defense in
footbag net. Besides his obvious talent in net court he is also well known
by his funny jokes and crazy party skills and you never had a boring night
when partying with Jukka in worlds or elsewhere. Now being a little older
and (perhaps) wiser he has found a new passion and drive trough healthier
food and lifestyle so expect him to be a top contender in Poland and in
other tournaments this summer. Jukka is probably the funniest and certainly
one of the most creative people you could ever meet, and considering the
under estimable amount of personal effort he put in to the 2005 Worlds
tournament, it was. humbling to see that he was willing to do it all over
again last year. But this time, of course, a generation of younger players,
inspired by his example, where already there to help. And just for the
record, there’s more to this guy on the court than just defense.

Our thanks and congratulations to these individuals for their contributions
to the growth of the sport of footbag. Please feel free to congratulate them
yourselves — you’ll find their e-mail and other contact information on
their player profile pages at the corresponding links above.

The ceremonies for these 2012 Hall of Fame members will be announced soon on
our Hall of Fame page via http://www.footbag.org/hof

For those inductees who cannot attend any of the 2012 ceremonies, we will
celebrate your induction in your absence.

Thanks to the footbag community for your continued enthusiastic support of
the Hall of Fames by participating so actively in the nominations process
this year.

Congratulations once again to the new inductees!

Tim Vozar, Chairman
Footbag Hall of Fame Nominations Committee


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