SIKESTON - A leader in youth soccer and baseball will become the 33rd inductee to the Sikeston Honors Board.
Phil Black was chosen by the Sikeston Park Board at Monday's March meeting to have his name placed on the Honors Board in recognition of his years of service to Sikeston's youth baseball and soccer programs.
Since 1986, the Honors Board has recognized outstanding volunteers who make significant contributions to youth programs in the community, including sports and Scouting.
Black has coached youth baseball and soccer for the past 15 and 16 years, respectively. During that stretch, he has also taken on leadership roles within the respective baseball and soccer organizations, serving as league treasurer for Sikeston Area Youth Baseball 12 years and president and treasurer of the Sikeston Youth Soccer League. During his first term as president of the soccer league, Black raised money for and helped construct the soccer league's concession/restroom facility, which the league donated to the city.
Black also coached Little League football, Little League basketball and junior high church league basketball.
In addition to his coaching and league officer responsibilities, Black helped organize, and for the past 10 years has served as director for the annual Sikeston Invitational Youth Soccer Tournament. This event has grown into the largest soccer tournament in the area bringing 125 teams and approximately 6,500 people to Sikeston the first weekend in November.
In nominating Black for the Honors Board, Bill Bye wrote: "Phil has contributed countless hours of dedication to coaching, leadership, preparation of grounds and character building of our youth. Phil does whatever it takes to make each game or event run smoothly."
Black and his wife, Sharon, have three sons, Zac, Cody and Colton.
The Honors Board ceremony for the dedication of Black's bronze plaque will be at 10 a.m. May 17. The public is invited to attend. The Honors Board is located in the Recreation Complex near the Ingram Road entrance to the park.