CMSA Hall of Fame 2009 Inductees

Early Quintana

  • 1980 to 2009:  First joined GAA Wednesday Night Bowling League and has bowled on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday GAA/MSA/CMSA Leagues continuously since then.
  • 1982-1983: GAA 16”   Softball .League.  Member of Bushes, 2-time League Champion.
  • 1982-1983:  served on IGBO Committee for the third annual International Gay Bowling Organization Tournament held in Chicago in May 1983 -- still the only IGBO Tournament to max out at capacity.
  • 2001-2009:  Chicago Pride Invitational Bowling Tournament:  CPI Fundraising Chairperson in 2001;  Secretary in 2002;  Treasurer in 2003; Co-Director in 2004; Director in 2005; Fundraising Chairperson in 2006;  Secretary in 2007; Treasurer in 2008;  and Consultant to CPI in 2009. 
  • 2002 to 2009:   Secretary of CMSA Friday Night Mixed League 4 years,  2002-03 thru 2005-06; Secretary/ Treasurer 2006-07; Secretary 2007-08 and served as consultant for new 2008-09 Secretary.
  • 2006:  Served as a coordinator for the bowling event of Gay Games VII held in Chicago. Most significant achievement was stabilizing data received from Gay Games officials verifying averages and other critical information for over 600 bowlers.
  • 1997 to 2008:  Through the sale of 50-50 Strike Pot tickets throughout the 9-month Friday CMSA Bowling League seasons he helped to raise over $50,000 for AIDS-related and other LGBT Charities. 

Nancy “Mac” MacKenzie 

  • 1990:  Moved to Chicago and joins CMSA. 
  • 1991 To 1996:  Played and helped manage the Big Chicks women’s team, which eventually became the first women’s team to play in the CMSA men’s volleyball league.
  • 1991 To 1992:  Played with Peg Grey on the Lost and Found softball team in the WCAA. 
  • 1993 To 2006:  Played (until a work accident forced her retirement from sports in 1996) and coached/managed the Big Chicks softball team in CMSA’s women’s softball league, which was the longest running team in the league at the time.
  • 2001 To 2007:  Commissioner of the CMSA Women’s Softball League.  The league grew from 26 to 46 teams and rejoined NAGAAA/ASANA, the organization that oversees the Women’s Softball World Series.  StarGaze becomes an official league sponsor.
  • Organized “Santas, Inc.”, which answers over 100 children’s letters to Santa yearly.
  • Organized “Bald-a-palooza” where fellow softball players auctioned off the rights to shave their heads, and raised several thousand dollars for fellow players.
  • 2005 To 2006:  Sports Manager, Chicago Gay Games.  Managed seven sports, with the huge assistance of a great many selfless volunteers, for one of the greatest sporting and cultural events in the world.

Mike McHale

  • 1988 To Present:  Men’s/Open Division 12” Softball League
  • 1991 to 1993:  CMSA Board Member
  • 1992-93 and 1997-98:  Commissioner and NAGAAA Representative.  As Commissioner, implemented the process of running the league more professionally and organized, by developing a Softball Committee which spread out the responsibilities among a group of committed players.  In 1997 and 1998 brought in the first big corporate sponsors: Miller, LaSalle Bank, Evian and United Airlines. 
  • Equality Illinois board member for 10 years and serving as president for 2 years.  Part of a core group of people who strategized and worked in Springfield to help pass the 2005 civil rights bill which made discrimination against GLBT people illegal across the state in the areas of employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.
  • Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney for 15 years fighting for the victims of crime and their families.
  • Inducted into the City of Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • Elected to Cook County Circuit Court in 2005.
  • Honoring Dedication - Preserving History - Pride in Sports - Building Bridges

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