BEN CHENEY — Administrator
Legendary supporter of youth and adult athletics. His sponsorship of numerous sports teams in the State enabled thousands of individuals to participate in their favorite sport. Baseball was his passion. He was instrumental in bringing back the Pacific Coast League to Tacoma in 1960. Cheney Stadium is named in recognition of his efforts. His other baseball connections include part ownership of the San Francisco Giants of the National League and sponsorship of the famous Cheney Studs semi-pro national champions.
STEVE HAWES – Basketball
Truly one of the State’s outstanding high school, collegiate and pro stars. Following graduation from Mercer Island High he starred as an All-American at the University of Washington in the early 1970s. Before spending 10 seasons in the NBA, he played two years in Europe with Italy, then joined Houston in 1975. He played with four NBA Teams scoring a career total of 5768 points. After retiring in 1984 with the Sonics he played an additional year in Europe.
STAN NACCARATO — Administrator
Considered the master of sports promotion, Stan Naccarato established a brilliant career in the athletic field. A promising pro prospect as a pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds farm system, an arm injury ended Stan’s playing days. However, he later excelled as the General Manager of the Tacoma Pacific Coast League team, winning several national honors over two decades of service. His many other athletic accomplishments include his long-time tenure as a State Boxing Commissioner.