The September 26th meeting at the American Legion was eventful for many reasons, but the single event that has kick started the MHSAA Museum and Archive occurred that evening when Harold Robinson (Class of 1948), the first African-American scholarship athlete at KSU and in the then Big 7 Conference offered a large collection of his memorabilia to the MHSAA Museum. Among other honors, Harold was inducted to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Another significant contribution to the MHSAA Museum came from Ron Sowell (Class of 1956). Ron told the group he was given the Central Kansas Football Championship Trophy by Sonny Ballard a classmate and teammate, who was an outstanding athlete at MHS and KSU, which he in turn wanted to donate to the MHSAA Museum. Don Pady (Class of ’55), Chairman of the MHSAA Museum and Archive Committee, accepted the contributions from Harold Robinson and Ron Sowell. Don also explained the workings of the MHSAA Museum and Archive during his report to the membership and then fielded questions from the MHSAA members present.
Pat Duncan, MHSAA Treasurer, reported that MHSAA has eclipsed the 200 member mark. The photo at the left shows the New Membership table doing brisk business before and after the meeting. In the not too distant future prospective members will be able to use an electronic membership application here at the MHSAA web site.