Kenny Offenther Speaks of Life’s Lessons!! Posted 2018 05 03.

Kenny with his Father.

Kenny Offenther’s Acceptance Remarks  on the occasion of his Induction into the FSA HOF in 2014 “revealed his  philosophical side”!!  Have a “read folks”! See what you think????  Stan McCormack writing on 2018 05 03.  

Kenny Offenther Speaks:  WHEN PEOPLE LEARN I AM A PRO PLAYER THEY ALWAYS ASK HOW MUCH CAN YOU WIN?  I TELL THEM IF I PLAY WELL I MAY WIN 28 DOLLARS. THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY I DRIVE HUNDREDS OF MILES EACH WEEK FOR THAT. I LET THEM KNOW THAT IT IS NOT A MATTER OF DOLLARS, AND IT DOES NOT HAVE TO MAKE SENSE, BECAUSE SHUFFLEBOARD IS A PASSION. OVER THE YEARS IT HAS BROUGT HUNDREDS, MAYBE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE INTO MY LIFE THAT I NEVER WOULD HAVE KNOWN OTHERWISE AND I LIKE 99% OF THEM! IT HAS TRULY ENRICHED MY LIFE. 

I HAVE SPECIAL THANKS TO GIVE. WHEN I WAS A 1ST YEAR AMATEUR WITH NO TOURNAMENT EXPERIENCE, I DROVE TO ST PETERSBERG TO PLAY IN A STATEPRO SINGLES EVENT. WHEN I WON MY FIRST MATCH I WAS SURPRISED. MY SECOND MATCH WAS ON THE GRANDSTAND COURTS AND MY OPPONENT WAS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD ,GLEN PELTIER. I WON THE FIRST GAME AND A CROWD FORMED TO WATCH THE MATCH. AT THIS POINT ADULT DIAPERS WOULD HAVE HELPED. GLEN NATURALLY WON BUT HE WAS SO COMPLIMENTARY AND ENCOURAGING AFTER THE MATCH I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN HIS KIND WORDS. YEARS LATER AT TRAILER ESTATES FROM THE STAGE HE AGAIN MADE SOME GENEROUS REMARKS ABOUT ME, THANK YOU GLEN PELTIER.

I CONGRATULATE THE FOUR LADIES BEING INDUCTED TONIGHT- NICOLE AND SHIRLEY ARE 2 LADIES WITHWARM PERSONALITIES, JUDY ROSS IS A FORMER DOUBLES PARTNER WHO NEVER LOST HER COOL NO MATTER HOW BADLY I PLAYED.  COLLEN AUSTIN WHO I WORKED WITH ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE REPRESENTS THE BEST OF SHUFFLEBOARD PEOPLE-SHE IS A GIVER.  PLANNING THIS EVENT WERE THE HOLY QUARTET OF HELEN BIAGI, JOAN BUCK, COLLEEN AUSTIN AND LANDY ADKINS. STEVE BIAGGI USED HIS PERSUASIVE NEGOTIATING TACTICS FOR THE INCREDIBLE PRIZES-I THANK THEM ALL.

I WAS SELECTED 3 TIMES BY THE N.S.A.TO PLAY UNDER THE US FLAG IN WORLD SINGLES COMPETITION. MY GREATEST PRIDE WAS NOT IN THE WINNING OR LOSING BUT IN PLAYING FOR MY COUNTRY.IN DIEPPE, CANADA MARCHING INTO THE LARGE FACILITY IN THE PARADE OF COUNTRIES HOLDING THE U.S. FLAG AND GREETED BY 500-600 PEOPLE INSIDE CHEERING,CLAPPING AND WAVING FLAGS WAS EMOTIONALLY OVERWHELMING.

SEVERAL PEOPLE ASKED ME LAST YEAR WHETHER THE MOST VALUABLE PERSON AWARD PRESENTATIONS WERE A LOT OF WORK. WELL,THEY WERE.  BUT IT TURNED OUT TO BE A LABOR OF LOVE. HOW MANY PERSONS GET A CHANCE TO SAY NICE THINGS ABOUT GOOD PEOPLE FOR 23 WEEKS IN FRONT OF 90 TO 170 FOLKS?I THANK CHAIRMAN STAN MCCORMACK FOR THAT OPPORTUNITY.

SHUFFLEBOARD TEACHES MANY OF LIFES LESSONS ON AND OFF THE COURT BY WATCHING PEOPLE.  HOPEFULLY I LEARNED I OR 2 OF THEM. YOU LEARN ABOUT DEDICATION THRU TIME SACRIFICES OF THE FSA EXECUTIVE BOARD, FROM PRESIDENT PHIL ON DOWN. FROM ALL THE DISTRICTS BOARDS DOWN TO THE SPEEDY COURT SWEEPERS OF BRADENTON LIKE JERRY EVERETT. YOU LEARN HUMILITY WHEN YOU LOSE A MATCH YOU WERE SURE YOU WERE GOING TO WIN. HOPEFULLY YOU LEARN TO WIN AND LOSE LIKE A CHAMPION. YOU WITNESS A HEART-WARMING EXAMPLE OF HOW TO LOVE AND CARE FOR A SENIOR PARENT BY WATCHING MY FRIEND JERRY STANNARD WITH HIS DAD GIB.

FINALLY, YOU LEARN ABOUT COURAGE FROM PEOPLE LIKE JEANNIE ANDREWS,TERRI SMITH AND SUE INSIGNA WHO FIGHT SERIOUS HEALTH CHALLENGES WITH DOGGED DETERMINATION AS THEY PLAY WEEK AFTER WEEK ALWAYS WITH A SMILE ON THEIR FACE.

I AM HAPPY TO BE INDUCTED, HERE IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT, AS I HAVE PARTNERED WITH MANY PLAYERS HERE AND EARNED MY 200th POINT WITH YOUR JACK MOORE. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF RAY BUCK AND BOB SMITH YOU ARE IN GOOD HANDS! I NEVER NEED BREAKFAST AT STATE TOURNAMENTS BECAUSE I GET MY NOURISHMENT FROM A GOOD LUCK KISS FROM CECILE MESSIER EVERY WEEK!

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG BOY GROWING UP 2 BLOCKS FROM YANKEEE STADIUM IN NEW YORK, I WAS VERY INTERESTED IN SPORTS AND DREAMED ABOUT BEING A PRO ATHLETE— AND THE ULTIMATE DREAM WAS TO BE IN A HALL OF FAME. I AM GLAD YOU ARE ALL HERE WITH ME TONIGHT, WHEN THAT LITTLE BOYS DREAM CAME TRUE. THANK YOU ALL.
Ken Offenther, 2014 01 13.

And just in case you would like to read what Earl (Ball) had to say on the occasion of Kenny’s Induction into the FSA Hall of Fame. KEN OFFENTHER FSA HOF BY EARL 2014

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3 Responses to Kenny Offenther Speaks of Life’s Lessons!! Posted 2018 05 03.

  1. Bob and Marilyn says:

    Ken, this was so touching and heartfelt. You do not know me, my husband and I are “watchers”, both players. We have watched you in many tournaments and congratulate you in all you have accomplished not to mention the kindness and respect you show your Father and fellow players. May you continue to enjoy win or lose, we wish you well.

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    • stanistheman says:

      “Touching and Heartfelt” are two words that resonate with me!! Not to mention your other two words: “kindness and respect”. Indeed, Bob and Marilyn, we are “in sync”. Stan

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  2. Earl Ball says:

    Me too! And I don’t know how I would say anything else.
    Earl

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