HARRISBURG, PA – The official Kickoff of the 2017 Keystone State Games Festival of Sports in May 2017 at the East Wing Rotunda in the Harrisburg Capitol Building during the Inaugural Keystone Games Hall of Fame Induction.
Since its inception in 1981 Keystone State Games, Inc. has attracted over 500,000 participants of various age groups into a variety of sporting events. The Keystone Games Board of Directors has developed an annual event, the KSG Hall of Fame, which will honor key individuals throughout the history of the Games.
The individuals to be honored during the 2017 KSG Hall of Fame were instrumental to the long term success of the Keystone State Games Festival of Sports. They are the people who made the Games a reality. They exemplify the spirit of amateur sports and the promotion of physical fitness throughout the Commonwealth.
Below is the Inductees of the Inagural KSG Hall of Fame in 2016
2016 Inaugural KSG Hall of Fame Induction at the Capitol in Harrisburg on May 17, 2016 from left to right: Mary Ann Costello (receiving on behalf of the late Owen J. Costello), Coach John Reese, KSG Board of Directors President John Wetterau, and Ron Lench.
The 2016 Inaugural KSG Hall of Fame Inductees are:
Mr. Owen J. Costello - Wilkes-Barre
Mr. Ronald Lench, Esquire – Harrisburg
Representative Joseph R. Pitts – Kennett Square
Mr. John Reese – Wilkes-Barre
Mr. Harold Rosenn, Esquire – Wilkes-Barre
Governor Richard L. Thornburgh – Pittsburgh.
History of the Keystone State Games:
The Keystone State Games are a result of a resolution by Representative Joseph R. Pitts (Chester County) and approved by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1980. Keystone State Games Inc., a nonprofit corporation, was formed in 1983 with the help of former Governor Richard Thornburgh so the Games would not be solely dependent on government funding. Since its inception, Keystone State Games, Inc. has attracted over 500,000 participants of various age groups into their events.
Keystone State Games Board of Directors
LTC. John W. Wetterau (RET), President
Mr. Joe Swartz, Vice President
Garry S. Taroli, Esq., Treasurer
Congressman Joseph R. Pitts
The Honorable Robert J. Flick
Mr. John G. Reese, Emeritus
Harold Rosenn, Esq., Emeritus
Ms. Clarisse Sulyok
Mr. Steve Bohn
Ronald G. Lench, Esq.
Mrs. Joanne Horn
Charles R. Gerow, Esq., Emeritus
Keystone State Games, Inc. Mission
The mission of the Keystone State Games is to promote physical fitness, sports activity, and sportsmanship as a health improvement and disease prevention strategy for all Pennsylvanians and other participants and to create an expanded, coordinated and citizen-sponsored program of amateur athletic competition.
Provide a comprehensive, coordinated and citizens supported program of sports and fitness competitions to promote physical fitness in which all Pennsylvanians can participate for the purposes of personal growth and development, and the enhancement of physical and mental health.
Provide a mechanism and medium through which Pennsylvania’s sport bodies can stimulate physical fitness and sports involvement for everyone.
Encourage government, schools, businesses, industry, foundations, and individuals to support expansion of physical fitness and sports participation as a disease prevention strategy in an effort for personal wellness.
Provide a statewide, multi-sport program with an Olympic format, to encourage and assist in preparing Pennsylvania’s athletes to enter national and international competitions.
OFFICIAL MEDICAL SERVICES provided by WELLSPAN
Thank You to the 2016 Keystone State Games Festival of Sports Sponsors
Bob Hoffman Foundation
All Star Sponsor
Collens Wagner Insurance
The Graham Group
Kent & Tawn Ketterman
Liberty Social Club
Clint & Colleen Lucas
Penn Dutch Furniture
Rhoads & Sinon LLP
Shiloh American Legion Post 791
Signs By Tomorrow
Victory Athletic Association
Vigilant Social Club
Wyndham Garden York
The York Water Company
Crimson American Grill
Eagles Nest Restaurant
The First Post
Round The Clock Diner
White Rose Bar & Grill
Ben Druck Door Company
Capital Blue Cross
Country Meadows Retirement Communities
New Oxford Social & Athletic Club
Peirce Park Group, Inc.
Reinsel Kuntz Lesher
Sage Technology Solutions, Inc.
Viking Athletic Association
Willis Towers Watson
York Expo Center
Butler Gingerich & Co.
Dillsburg American Legion
Martin’s Chips, Inc.
South End Democratic Club of York PA
Shank’s Mare Outfitters
Staub & Associates