||William (Bill) Babcock
Sport(s): Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Track & Field, Wrestling and Gymnastics
Category: Athlete, Trainer, Coach & Builder
Year of Induction: 2001
Bill Babcock has dedicated much of his lifetime to the education, training and promotion of sports in the Richmond Hill community. After graduating from the University of Toronto and McMaster University with two teaching degrees, Bill went on to be a Phys Ed teacher at Richmond Hill High School from 1953 – 1968. While at Richmond Hill High, he spent numerous hours coaching basketball, football, volleyball, soccer, track & field, wrestling and gymnastics. He was also instrumental in introducing new sports, intramural programs as well as camping and outdoor education to the school system.
In 1955, Bill formed the Richmond Hill Track Club, where many notable athletes such as Marian Munroe and John Passmore got their start. In 1957, he began the Richmond Hill Day Camp for children. Later the day camp became known as 'Richildaca Camp' and served the children and youth of York Region. This was one of the first camps to provide programs for children with special needs.
As a founding member of the Society of Camp Directors and an honourary member of the Ontario Camping Association, Bill has had papers published in journals, magazines and manuals and has made an invaluable contribution to sports, both locally and in Ontario.
As a long time resident of Richmond Hill and a dedicated athlete and coach, Bill was an integral member of the committee that engineered the opening of Richmond Hill’s Centennial Pool in 1967.