Resolution J5149-2013

Honoring Bob Southworth upon the occasion of being inducted into the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame

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  • May 20, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 20, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 15, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring Bob Southworth upon the occasion of his
induction into the New York State Public High  School  Athletic  Associ-
ation Hall of Fame

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend those nota-
ble  teachers,  coaches  and  officials  within our midst, who serve the
youth of this great Empire State, and who have distinguished  themselves
and  their communities through their exemplary athletic achievements and
their outstanding professional commitments; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Bob
Southworth, who is in his 49th season as  the  head  baseball  coach  at
Corcoran  High  School,  upon  his  induction into the 2014 Hall of Fame
Class of the New York State  Public  High  School  Athletic  Association
(NYSPHSAA); and
  WHEREAS,  Bob  Southworth  will  be inducted into the NYSPHSAA Hall of
Fame during a celebration on July 30, 2014, at High Peaks Resort in Lake
Placid; and
  WHEREAS, The New York State Public High  School  Athletic  Association
Inc.    (NYSPHSAA)  is  a  non-profit,  educational service organization
composed of public, parochial and private schools - dedicated to provid-
ing equitable and safe competition for New York's student athletes; and
  WHEREAS, The NYSPHSAA serves as a central organization  through  which
its member high schools in the state may cooperate to promote sportsman-
like  conduct  in  all  athletic  contests, conduct appropriate athletic
meets and tournaments, cooperate with the State Education Department  in
fostering educationally sound athletic programs, adapt rules for govern-
ing  sports  contests, and continually seek data to support rule changes
leading to greater safety for high school athletes; and
  WHEREAS, NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame inductees can be nominated  by  family,
friends  or  community  members  and  are  selected  through a two-level
screening and selection committee process; nominations were endorsed  by
each inductee's member Section of the Association; and
  WHEREAS,  Being  inducted  into  the  2014  Hall  of Fame Class of the
NYSPHSAA,  permanently  recognizes  Bob  Southworth  for  his  long-time
commitment and dedication to the students of New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  Bob Southworth, a graduate of Valley Central High School and
Syracuse University, has been the head baseball coach at  Corcoran  High
School in Syracuse for nearly 50 years, a remarkable accomplishment; his
baseball  team  is  now called Syracuse West because it includes players
from Fowler High School and the  Institute  of  Technology  at  Syracuse
Central; and
  WHEREAS,  Over  his  impressive  coaching  tenure,  Bob Southworth has
compiled a 694-321 career record, a second all-time record in  New  York
State,  and  he has won 10 high school baseball league championships, as
well as three Section III Championships; and
  WHEREAS, Bob Southworth also has served as Section  III  Chairman  and
provided his expertise to numerous local baseball organizations, includ-
ing  Onondaga  Babe  Ruth, where he served as President, and Valley Babe
Ruth, where he served as Treasurer; and
  WHEREAS, For his positive impact on his student athletes,  Bob  South-
worth was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 1997
and the Corcoran High School Hall of Fame in 2008; and
  WHEREAS, Bob Southworth has dedicated a lifetime of giving back to his
community and improving the quality of youth athletics; it is the custom
of  this  Legislative Body that when individuals of such accomplishments

are brought to our attention, they should be recognized by all the citi-
zens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Bob Southworth upon the occasion of his induction  into  the  2014
Hall  of  Fame  Class  of the New York State Public High School Athletic
Association; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Bob Southworth.

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