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NIPWLS Awards


BILL WILCZYNSKI AWARD

Bill Wilczynski was a great guy who loved to be around kids. Every weekend during football season he spent his time refereeing the NIPWLS football games. Changing player behavior was his goal as he always wanted the game to be fun. It wasnt out of the ordinary to see Bill talking with the kids on the field throwing in a joke or two. Unfortunitly Bill passed away last year but he will always be remembered. Starting this year, the Refeees created an award to give to a town in NIPWLS in rememberence of Bill, who's coaches showen respect for the game each weekend during Pop Warner Football games as like Bill Wilczynski did. This Years Award presented by friend of the family Roddie Pavichevich, went to South Lake. Pop Warner Present to receive the award was South Lake President Try Billingsley.

 

From Left to right, South Lake President Try Billingsley, NIPWLS President Brian Lidgard, Bridget Hofmann.

TOM BRENNAN AWARD

This award is named after Tom Brennan who was a fixture in the Portage Pop Warner program for over 14 years, where he served as equipment manager, coach, and ultimately President. Tom eventually moved on to become the Insurance Coordinator for Northern Indiana Pop Warner where he served faithfully until he succumbed to cancer on July 6th , 2004. In all Tom spent more than 20 plus years as a volunteer with Pop Warner. Since that year the "Tom Brennan Award" is given to an Association President who most exemplifies the dedication Tom had during his many years as President of the Portage Pop Warner program.

The following are the past Tom Brennan Award winners:

Tom Brennan Award Winners

2004

Tim Arvanitis Tri-Town Pop Warner 

2005

Troy Billingsley Southlake (Lowell) Pop Warner

2006

Richard Schmidt Portage Pop Warner

2007

Glenn Adler Boone Grove - Winfield Pop Warner

2008 

Richard Woods Gary Pop Warner

2009

Brian Lidgard Laporte Pop Warner
2010 Mark Thorn Valparaiso Pop Warner
2012 Edmond Griffin Merrillville Pop Warner
2013 Vince Moller Portage Pop Warner
2014 Dave Spangler  
2015 Mark Alvarado Highland Pop Waner

CURTIS ZOOK VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD:

This award is named after Curtis Zook who was a fan, coach, and athletic supporter with all sports associated with the Laporte High School Slicers. Even though Curt never caught a pass, shot a basket, or ran for a touchdown at Laporte High School, he was considered by many the greatest Slicer in history. Curt graduated from Laporte High School in 1974. Later he moved to Florida with his mother and eventually returned to Laporte in 2002. Curt was a dedicated volunteer in all the sports he was involved in. He assisted many of the coaches on the Laporte High School staff, was a girl's softball coach, and was an honorary member of the Northern Indiana Pop Warner Board of Directors until an accident claimed his life on December 16th , 2005. In his honor the "Curtis Zook Volunteer of the Year Award" was established and awarded to that individual who unselfishly gives of his or her time and dedicates themselves to the principles of Pop Warner football.

The following are the past Curtis Zook Volunteer of the Year Award winners:

Curtis Zook Volunteer of the Year Award Winners
2006
Steve Block
Bobbi Gibson
KV Pop Warner
Hammond Pop Warner
2007
James Walker
Michigan City Pop Warner
2008 
Jim Lytle
 Tri-Town Pop Warner
2009
Mike Schwanke
Michigan City Pop Warner
2010 Helen Schmidt Hobart Pop Warner
2012 Jeff Neumeier Valpo Pop Warner
2013 Lori Eichenberger  
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