The board of directors of Port Washington Youth Activities is proud to announce the induction of three new members into their hall of fame on the night of Friday, June 14, at the North Hempstead Country Club in Port Washington.
In conjunction with PYA's 12th annual fund-raising dinner/dance, Herb Lyon, Roger Sexauer, and Dr. L.G. Johnson (in memoriam) will be honored as key volunteer contributors and former athletes who have helped establish and grow the organization since its inception in 1963.
Herb Lyon was one of the organization's early officers and directors, and its second president in the mid 1960s. Extremely active in the local Babe Ruth League teams in the early part of that decade, he served as league president, and helped found PYA in 1963. A former football coach in College Point, Queens, he spearheaded the PYA football program during his initial involvement as well. Herb also coached CYO basketball at St. Peter's.
Roger Sexauer, Paul D. Schreiber High School class of 1976, came up through the ranks of the PYA programs of the late 1960s and early 1970s. He participated in PYA football, lacrosse and archery, and went on to become a two-sport star in high school. As captain of the football and lacrosse teams, he was named to the All New York State football team in 1975, was voted outstanding player on that team, and earned All-North Shore honors in lacrosse in 1976, too. He went on to star for the US Naval Academy lacrosse team in Annapolis, MD, where he currently resides.
Dr. L.G. Johnson served as the first president of PYA in the early 1960s. He is widely credited with the strategic vision of combining a number of disparate youth sports groups in town at the time. The concept of these sports to function as one umbrella organization became PYA in 1963.
On the night of June 14, the new inductees will join other Hall of Fame members, such as Harvey Cohen, Bill Cronin, John O'Leary, Chris Kane, Ames Ressa Jr., Gene Sheridan, Marty Rybecky, Kathy Doughty, and Guy Crawford as past PYA honorees. The dinner will kick off with a cocktail hour at 7:30 p.m., and dining and dancing from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. The price is $95 per person (including open bar) in advance and is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. A souvenir journal will also be published. Please direct inquiries and reservations to Ron Henderson, PYA executive director at 883-0696, or the Arena Sports Store at 767-5108.