Stan Naccarato Sports and Civic Betterment Award - Current Application

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Stan Naccarato Sports and Civic Betterment Award - Current Application

Stan Naccarato Sports and Civic Betterment Award - Current Application


Memo To: Principals, Athletic Directors, College Counselors, & Senior Class Advisors
From: Jim Merritt, President Tacoma Athletic Commission
Subject: Scholarship Opportunity for a High School Senior for Civic Betterment to their school and local community
Applications Due: Friday, April 16, 2021
Scholarship Link:

No other TAC member devoted more time and energy to TAC events and projects over the years perhaps, than Stan Naccarato. He became a member of the 78-year-old organization shortly after he returned from playing professional baseball and, with time out to become a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, his dedication was above and beyond. Eventually he became a two-time TAC President, was the voice of the TAC’s Golden Gloves from the very beginning (70 years ago), was chairman of Tacoma’s annual 4th of July Show for 21 years, and co-chair of the Tacoma Grand Prix around the Tacoma Dome as well as the Thunder Sunday Hydro Races in Commencement Bay. When it came time to raise funds for our youth and sports—nobody came close to Stan when it came time to “sell.” Scoreboards at fields all over Pierce County spoke to that. Among his top achievements, he saved professional baseball in Tacoma with an overnight fund-raising effort that kept the Pacific Coast League in Cheney Stadium. And who do you think raised every dollar to finance the bond issue to build a “Dome of Our Own” in 1980? Yes, it was Stan. He also spoke at nearly every civic group meeting in Tacoma, and the result was a whopping 70% YES for a campaign that had failed numerous times in previous years. In memory of Stan and his commitment to “civic betterment” (part of the TAC’s mission) a scholarship has been created to perpetuate his enthusiasm for our youth and sports.

The recipient receives a one-time $2500.00 scholarship from the Tacoma Athletic Commission. This scholarship will be paid directly to the finance office where the student matriculates to offset the cost of the student’s first year’s tuition.

If you have any questions, please contact Bill White, Executive Director/Secretary at (253) 759-1124 or  Your cooperation is appreciated as we look forward to recognizing deserving high school seniors at our TAC Athlete of the Year Celebration and Tom Names Salute to Sports. We are exploring avenues with Channel 12 Tacoma to see if we can get the Salute to sports broadcasted again this year. 

Thanks for all you do.

Best Regards

Jim Merritt
President, Tacoma Athletic Commission