Paul Reatherford Was A Great Influence

Paul Reatherford has touched thousands of lives in the Peoria area over the past several decades.  He was instrumental in so many youth basketball and baseball leagues, tirelessly giving his time and efforts for the benefit of kids.  Paul was a great instructor, a wonderful person, and such a caring guy.  He was all about teaching the kids sportsmanship and building character.  Wins and losses were important, but how the kids learned to handle wins and losses was even more important.

The Peoria area lost a great community leader this past week. Kids that now have grown up and have moved many states away will remember back to the day when they were first introduced to competitive games under the watchful eye of the person we all called "coach". And that he was, in the truest sense of the word. Thanks, Coach. We will miss you, but we will remember you.