Ned Grabavoy to be Inducted into Joliet Area Sports Hall of FameThursday, September 5, 2019
Lincoln-Way High School alumnus Ned Grabavoy’s soccer legacy continues in the Will County area. He is one of four local athletes to be inducted into the 2019 Joliet Area Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 14 from 6-10 p.m. at the Joliet Area Historical Museum.
Along with Grabavoy, the Hall of Fame Committee will be adding Jane Condon, one of the first female star athletes in the area; former Chicago Cub and current Cubs radio analyst Ron Coomer; and E “Mack” McLaughlin, 40-year head wrestling coach at Joliet Central High School, to the 12th annual Hall of Fame class. They join the previous 67 inductees.
Grabavoy graduated from Lincoln-Way High School in 2001, where he led the Knights to two straight IHSA state championship game appearances. He was also named the 2000-01 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year. After graduation, attended Indiana University, where he was the leading scorer for the Hoosiers’ 2003 national championship team, which earned him consensus first-team All-American honors. He went on to play 13 seasons of professional soccer in the MLS with five different teams.
The community is invited to the Sports Bash: A Celebration of Champions on September 14 from 6-10 p.m. at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Tickets are $25 per person and include photo and meet and greet opportunities with the inductees. Food from area restaurants and a cash bar are also available. For tickets, visit jolietmuseum.org or call 815-723-5201.