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Ronald "Ron" Sims - 2022 Hall of Fame Inductee

Ronald “Ron” Sims

Graduated from Pana High School - 1964

Supporting Athletics in Pana for 53 Years

Ron is without a doubt one of the most loyal supporters of Pana athletics. Over the years, Ron has coached baseball, men’s softball and JFL football. He assumed the coordinator’s role in Pana’s Junior Football League (JFL) in 2000 and still holds that position today. Under Ron’s guidance, he has built the Pana JFL program into one of the strongest and most respected programs in the state. Ron took over a program that was hurting for numbers and immediately turned it into a program with record numbers of players.

Ron played football, baseball and track & field at Pana High School competing at a remarkably high level earning seven major letters. He was also very active in officiating basketball, baseball, and football. Ron played on the 1981 State Runner-Up Pana Merchants mens fastpitch Class A softball team. Ron also served as an Amateur Softball Association commissioner for several years.

Ron has been a part of the football “Chain Gang” at all home football games for over 53 years. He is also the announcer of all PHS girls and boys home basketball games.

Ron’s commitment to Pana is more than athletics. He is a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. Ron is a devout supporter of any one in need and serves on programs like the Pana Christmas Basket program (55 years) as co-chairman with Susie Castle. He is very well known and respected in Pana and surrounding communities. They just do not make them like Ron Sims anymore. Ron was presented with the Pana Lions Club Distinguished Service Award in 1996.

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