One last Penn Relays post.
Every year, the Penn Relays takes a moment during its busy Saturday schedule to recognize some people who have volunteering their time to help make the Relays as successful and as seamless as possible over the course of 25 or 50 years.
On Saturday, between some of the Championship of America events, the Penn Relays director Dave Johnson recognized our very own Brett Hoover for his 25 year dedication to working at the Penn Relays. Brett has been volunteering at the Penn Relays since 1990, working his way up from manually punching in the event results to overseeing one of the best media programs and live results websites in the country (his official title now is “Assistant to the Director of the Relays”, but he likes being called “Master Overlord of the Results Crew”). One interesting tidbit about Brett’s time at the Relays – he claims one of his proudest moments in an old Penn Relays blog was “when his company 4x100m team — Hoover Graphics — smashed the event record in the since-discontinued media race. That squad nearly lapped the Daily Pennsylvanian [newspaper].”
Brett had this to say about the whole recognition on his facebook page:
I worked my first Penn Relays in 1990. Lived in eight different states since, but I have always been back in Philly for the Relays in late April. This weekend was my 25th. They gave me a watch and I will truly treasure it as the Penn Relays are the longest-standing professional connection I’ve had in my life. Thanks much to all the great folks I’ve been lucky to be associated with through this special event.
So if you happen to be at Outdoor Heps at Yale next weekend, please be sure to find Brett and congratulate him (and be sure to call him by his “preferred” title 😉 ). Congrats Brett.