|Massachusetts Hall of Fame|
CREDENTIALS: state Champion, 1970, 1971, and 1972.
ACHIEVEMENTS AS AN ORGANIZER: St. Moritz Horseshoe Club President, Mass. HPA Secretary-Treasurer, Mass. HPA President.
· St. Moritz Horseshoe Club of Quincy, Instrumental in reactivating the club in 1968. Served as President 1968-73. Staged and participated in promotional exhibitions. Arranged for other clubs to visit for friendly matches, to show off the facilities and foster good relations with horseshoes pitchers everywhere. Began annual "Amateur" tournaments to find new club and state members. Worked with city and state officials in improving the facilities and other amenities that make for a good club. Developed a Junior program, taught them how to pitch and how to conduct themselves on and off the courts, transported them to many tournaments throughout New England, often giving up his own pitching time to do so. In two years time he had developed the state Boys and Girls champion.
· State secretary-Treasurer 1970-75. Drafted the present Constitution and By-Laws. Established an efficient record-keeping system. Continually sought new members, telling them what the sport has to offer. Traveled a good deal whenever he heard of horseshoe related activity, to offer his services if needed. Had excellent communications with the NHPA. The NHPA secretary held Russ up as a model for other state secretaries to emulate. Did most of the work on all newsletters mailed to the membership. Began keeping ringer averages on all New England pitchers, no tournament director had to resort to guesswork when classifying pitchers. Always prompt at replying to correspondence. Never sent out a membership card or other material without adding a short chatty note of greeting.
· Authored a number of thought provoking articles in the Horseshoe Pitcher's News Digest.
· At the 1975 World Tournament in Lafayette, Indiana, Russ received an NHPA Recognition Award in honor of his outstanding achievements.
· In 1975 Russ Sweeney was elected President of the Massachusetts Horseshoe Pitcher's Association. We are sure that he will devote just as much time and effort to the Association in the capacity as he has in other capacities. He feels that the sport has more to offer then just tournaments and has already begun trying to develop alternate programs.