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Samuel Perry 'Sam' Jacks *



Ringette, Floor Hockey

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Born: 1915 - Scotland


Elected: 21-May-1981

Inducted: 27-Feb-1982



Sam Jacks was North Bay’s first Recreation Director, assuming the post in 1948. For the next 27 years, he ran the Parks and Recreation Department, designing parks and organizing leagues and sports groups and making plans for the future. Recreation was a brand new field when he started and Jacks set many parameters both locally and provincially. He was a founder of the Society of Directors of Municipal Recreation of Ontario and served as its President in 1963 and 1964. Over the years he received a number of awards for his work from the provincial government and the provincial recreation association. He was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. In 1963, Sam conceived the game of Ringette as a winter team sport for women and girls, when he realized there was really no winter on ice team sport for girls. The ultimate result was a sport which is played by thousands of girls and women across Canada and in the United States. The Canadian Ringette Association honoured Jacks by naming their Belle division championship trophy in his honour. Jacks also organized and wrote the rules for the sport of floor hockey. As well as setting up rules for games, he also designed and set up many of the flower beds that dot the city and had extensive plans for the development of the waterfront and other sports facilities.

Inductee No.  15
* Deceased 1975
Last Revised: 11/12/2011


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