Ed Kalail Service Award bios
ABOUT THE AWARD
Volunteerism is generally considered an activity developed for the wellness of others by providing services for no financial or social gain to benefit another person, group, or organization. Every community has so many areas that were either started or are continued because of volunteers. The Summit County Sports Hall of Fame (SCSHOF), founded in 1957, is just one of those organizations with long-term commitments by dedicated volunteers.
Edward G. Kalail, who has demonstrated a unique dedication to community service and a desire to make a positive impact on the lives around him, not only becomes the first to be recognized by the SCSHOF for his volunteerism, but he also becomes the namesake for the honor that will be awarded annually to an individual in Summit County.
Ed joined the SCSHOF Committee early in 1968 and he stayed until his last meeting on November 28, 2017 with some 50 years of service. That many years of volunteer service is not only exemplary, but monumental.
Ed closed out his 50 years of service, however, with his longest assignment of his volunteering career, 13 years (2005-2017) as editor of the banquet program and chairman of the Advertising and Patrons Committee. While producing outstanding Hall of Fame Banquet programs as the editor, Kalail also became the primary writer of most of the Hall of Fame inductee biographies and was responsible for maintaining and updating the SCSHOF history.
Lester Carney (2019)
The Summit County Sports Hall of Fame would like to congratulate Lester N. Carney, Sr. on being named the 2019 recipient of the Ed Kalail Award. Les, from Wintersville, Ohio, graduated in 1952 from Wintersville High School. He obtained his BSC from Ohio University in 1959. Stationed in Germany, Les served in the United States Army and received an Honorable Discharge in 1957. From 1959-1989 he was employed by the M. O’Neil Company as an executive. Les was also employed by The County of Summit from 1989-1999. In High School he lettered in football, basketball and track. Les was also a member of 1952 winning Ohio vs. West Virginia All-Star football team. In 1955 he was on the USEURA Championship football team during his time in Germany. Les was also the All USEURA and 100 meter champion in track in 1956. During his football career at Ohio University he was a member of the 1953 Mid-American Championship team, was honorable mention at the running back position and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1953. Also during his time at Ohio University he competed in track. He won the MAC Championships in the 100, 200, 4 X 100, 4 X 200 and the 4 X 400. He held the MAC Championship record in the 220/200 for over 20 years. Les was the fi rst NCAA All American for Ohio University. He was voted the Sportsperson of the year in 1959. Les won the silver medal in the 200 meters during the Chicago Pan American Games in 1959. He also participated in the Rome Olympics in 1960, winning the silver medal in the 200 meters in a time of 20.6 seconds. He was also recipient of the AAU All American Award. In 2015 the Indian Creek High School (Wintersville) High School dedicated the track in honor of Lester Carney, Sr. and named it “The Lester Carney Track at Kettlewell Stadium”. Les is also a member of the State of Ohio Hall of Fame, Summit County Sports Hall of Fame, Ohio University Hall of Fame (youngest inductee), Indian Creek Hall of Fame (Wintersville High School), Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame and the Eastern District Track & Cross Country Coaches Association. He also serves on the board of directors for Towpath Credit Union (Chairman), Summit Senior Golf Akron and Tiretown Golf Club/Charities (Executive Committee). Lester volunteers in many activities that keep him very busy. Some these activities include Summit Sports Hall of Fame Committee (28 years), First Tee of Greater Akron (21 years), Bridgestone Invitational (19 years) HM Life (7 years) and the Child and Family Leadership Program (2nd class). Lester is married to Mary E. Carney. Together they have 6 children, 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Ed Kalail (2018)