William L. Kapa

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Bill Kapa served more than 50 years as a coach, official and administrator. He was Director of Wilmington Parks and Recreation for 17 years and served 18 years as Chairman of the State Recreation
Advisory Council. He was Fellow of the American Park and Recreation Society. Bill was CYO Executive Director 10 years and served as Director of the National Association of Catholics in Youth Services
Agencies. He received the Pro Deo ET Juventute Medal in 1967. The St. Hedwig gymnasium was rededicated as the Kapa Memorial Gymnasium. Kapa was President and Director of the Wilmington Touchdown
Club, charter member and President of the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame, and served eight years as Director of New Castle County Parks and Recreation. As an official, he was President of
IAABO BOARD #11 (basketball) and President (four yrs) of the New Castle County Football Officials’ Association. In a 40 year officiating career Bill worked two State Football Championships, and five
Blue-Gold football games.  He also received the Hallam-Robertson Award for outstanding contribution to the game of football. Bill worked seven years as a college football official and 17 years
as a high school basketball official. As a Marine officer in the 1950s, he was player-manager of the league champion baseball team at the US Naval Station at Iwakuni Toriis. Kapa was a three-year
baseball starter at Wilmington High School, batting .511 as a senior. As a freshman at Springfield College, he set a pinch hitting record (8 for 9), and played two years with Defiance of the Delaware
Semi-pro Baseball League where he batted .398 and .355.



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