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Northbrook Park District Hall of Fame and Sports Hall of Fame

The Northbrook Park District honors volunteers and athletes in the community with its Hall of Fame and Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, created in 1978, recognizes volunteers who significantly improved the quality of Park District programs or facilities. The Sports Hall of Fame, created in 1995, recognizes the accomplishments of athletes who are from Northbrook or who have used Northbrook Park District facilities as their primary training location.

The Board of Park Commissioners reviews nominations to the Halls of Fame and votes for admission. Winners are inducted at a Board meeting and will have their name and photo on a plaque displayed in the Northbrook Sports Center. 

  • Click here for a Hall of Fame Nomination Form.
  • Click here for a Sports Hall of Fame Nomination Form.

Sports Hall of Fame Recipients


Brian Arseneau


Andy Gabel


Nathaniel Mills

Neil Blatchford


Janet Goldman


Leah Poulos Mueller

Sally Blatchford-Dye


Anne Henning


Pat Moore

Beverly Buhr


Dianne Holum


Edward J. Rudolph

Chuck Burke


Mark Huck


Edward J. Rudolph, Jr.

David Cruikshank


Greg Lyman

  Lydia Stephans
2007   2008   2009
Jim Papreck   Scott D. Sanderson   Greg Biagini
        Debra Suzanne Cohen
2012   2013    
Richard Widmark   Heather Aseltine    
Jason Kipnis        

Hall of Fame Recipients

Hugh Barth   Mary Eitel   Norbert Koehs   William “Torchy”Peden
Shirlee Barth   Anne Henning   Albert Lavick   Edward J. Rudolph
Cliffe Eitel   Eleanor Koehs   Walter “Doc” O’Neil    
1979   1980   1981   1982
Dick Evans   Franco Giannotti   Helen McGohan   Arthur Kunde
Chas. “Bud” Heckler   Jim Rushing   Mary Kay Gage   Glenn Miller
Klaus Ruege           Sam Poulos
1983   1984   1985   1986
George Martin   Hunter Gilbertson   Robert Richter   Gene Adams
Frank Quinn   George Garner        
Herman Wenk            
1987   1989   1991   1992
Dick Lay   Donald Kissock   Stephen Cohen   Richard Widmark
Lee Lippman            
1993   1997   2002   2004
Jeanne Seffren   Thomas “Tommy” Rifkin   Jeff Steinback   Dr. Darryl Skale
        Mark Gerstein    

Jason Kipnis

Jason Kipnis—a Northbrook native, graduate of Glenbrook North High School and Major League Baseball player—was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame on January 8, 2013. At Arizona State University, Kipnis was an All American and the 2009 Pac 10 Conference Player of the Year. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the second round and played in the international All-Star Futures Game. Kipnis made his major league debut in July of 2011, starting at second base against the White Sox.

Heather Aseltine

At the age of 3, Heather Aseltine of Buffalo Grove learned to skate at the Northbrook Sports Center, and she trained there for 16 years. In 2002, while attending the University of Illinois, she was named National Collegiate Figure Skating Champion. She is one of the few skaters who have passed the ISI Freestyle Level 10 test and USFS Golds in Moves and Freestyle. After college, Aseltine began working at the Northbrook Sports Center and became a Leisure Services Supervisor and director of the award-winning Northbrook-On-Ice. She was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame on February 27, 2013.


Richard Widmark Hall of Fame PlaqueRichard Widmark

Northbrook resident Richard Widmark caught the attention of the world in the 1960s and ’70s, jumping more than 30 feet over a row of barrels—on ice—and jumping through flaming hoops, also on ice. He won World Championships in barrel jumping, speed skating and cycling. In recognition of his accomplishments as an athlete, the Northbrook Board of Park Commissioners inducted Widmark into the Northbrook Park District Sports Hall of Fame on February 22, 2012.

Click here for an article about Richard Widmark.

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