–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: Nov 01, 2019
Tom Crothers and the late Jim Glase will be recognized for their contributions to the development of the recreation programs and facilities in Sylvania. A ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 pm in Sylvania City Council chambers before the regular meeting.
Plaques honoring the two men and their achievements have been made. The plaque for Glase will be placed at Veterans’ Memorial Field and reads: “Jim started and led the recreation programs in Sylvania Area Recreation Coalition. Athletic leagues and facilities under Jim’s direction laid the groundwork for the formation of the Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District. Thousands of Sylvania residents benefited from Jim’s role in the recreation community.”
Glase had been the head football coach at the former Burnham High School from 1953 to 1960. He then became athletic director, first for Sylvania High School, then Northview, from 1976 until he retired in 1980. After his retirement, he served as the Sylvania Recreation director when it was under the umbrella of Sylvania Community Services in the early 1980s. He organized all of the athletic activities, which were primarily held at Memorial Field. Ken Katafias who followed Glase as head of the recreation program said, “Jim made it extremely comfortable for me to take over the job. He gave me the confidence to handle the job and helped make the transition seamless.”
Crothers’ plaque will be installed at Tam-O-Shanter where he served as the first general manager of the facility. The plaque reads as follows: “In recognition of Tom’s dedication and commitment in the creation of the Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District, and as the first General Manager of Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter Sports, Tom’s tireless efforts brought Sylvania to the forefront in recreation through facility and programming development.”
Crothers served as Tam-O-Shanter’s first general manager from 1983 to 1994. During that time he oversaw the construction of the second ice arena. He also served as general manager of The Olander Park District from 1983 to 1992. He was instrumental in the development of the Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District after moving the Sylvania Recreational Program from Sylvania Community Services to the newly formed SAJRD.
This recognition has been made possible by the city of Sylvania and Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District with support from Sylvania Township and Tam-O-Shanter.
According to Mike McMahon, Sylvania Rec operations manager, “As members of the SAJRD board have been working on the current master plan over the last year, there has been a lot of discussion about the history and creation of recreation programs and services in Sylvania. During those talks , the names of two individuals continued to come up. Jim Glase and Tom Crothers were instrumental in laying the ground work for what is now known as the Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District.”
He added, “As I interact with colleagues, in northwest Ohio and from all over the state, I am continually asked how it is that Sylvania has developed such outstanding recreation facilities and services. I always give credit to the community leaders who had the foresight to make recreation facilities and programs a focal point of this community. The Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District is a unique, but very efficient approach for delivering recreation services to the community. Jim and Tom deserve a lot of credit for their vision that has led to one of the most well respected recreation departments in the state.”