Dr. Luke LaPorta

Inducted in 1991

  • 1924: Born in Jamica, New York
  • 1944 - 1946: Played varsity football at Syracuse University
  • 1948: Received Bachelor and Master degrees from Syracuse University
  • 1950: Started Little League Baseball in Liverpool, New York
  • 1951-1991: Participated in all national Little Leagues Board of Directors meetings
  • 1959: Received first Youth Service award from Onondaga Country Bar Association
  • 1959: Became first Director of Physical Education for Liverpool School System.
  • 1969: Vice President of Onondaga Country High School League
  • 1969: Brought the sport of rowing to the Liverpool High School.
  • Received the NYS Service Award by the Central Zone Executive Committee for the NYS Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
  • 1972: Received the "National Athletic Director of the Year" award
  • 1973: Elected President of New York State Council of Administration of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
  • 1977: Directed filmstrip "What is Conditioning" which won the first Place Gold Medal and the best public service filmstrip from the International Film and Television Festival.
  • 1978: Elected National High School Athletic Director of the Year.
  • 1978: Part of the original group of individuals that established the Empire State Game. The first state in the nation to offer state wide athletic competition for residents
  • 1980: Named as Syracuse University Letterman of Distinction
  • Recipient of the Joseph J. Pietrafesa Memorial Award
  • 1983: Won Service Award for NYS Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
  • 1984 to present: Board member of Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, was one of the founders of this organization .
  • 1995: Received the Blind Men and Criers annual “Lew Andreas Award” for outstanding contribution and service to the Syracuse community.
  • Member of Syracuse Sports Corporation
  • Member of Board of Directors, Syracuse Chiefs baseball team.
  • 2002: Honored at the Silver Anniversary of the Empire State Games for outstanding year's of service to the organization