Athletic Director Fox enshrined in Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
BY JAMES PAXSON, SPORTS EDITOR
On the night of Tuesday Sept. 27 Schoolcraft Colleges Athletic Director Sidney Fox was honored with an award in the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Fox was awarded the Pillar of Excellence Award by the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation for his efforts in athletics and being a huge part in the Jewish community.
The Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation was founded in 1984 to both honor Jewish individuals who have distinguished themselves in the sports world within the state of Michigan and to keep their Jewish identity through athletics. A notable hall of famer this year was Michael Stone who is a radio show host on 97.1 the ticket.
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation for having been selected as a 2016 Pillar of Excellence Honoree. It is with great humility that I accept this notable recognition which pays tribute to a life-long career in the field of athletics,” said Fox in his acceptance speech.
Fox graduated from Central High School lettering in football, basketball and baseball. In college, he received a two year degree from Highland Park Junior College before transferring to Wayne State University to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education. After college Fox became grew in the Athletics world by becoming the Michigan Amateur Athletic Union Executive Director. The Director is responsible for administering a statewide amateur athletics program including twenty-two Olympic sports, serving 15,000 athletes and 200 clubs.
Throughout his athletic career, Fox has become a well-known Athletic Director in many different organizations. At the University of Michigan-Dearborn he was the Athletic Director for three years and did an extraordinary amount of improvements in a short time. The University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s hockey team became an aggressive organization, competing against Notre Dame, Universities of Alaska-Anchorage and Fairbanks, Air Force Academy and Michigan State University. Sid finalized a radio contract with WCAR and acquired statewide TV coverage with the PASS Sports Network. In the short amount of time he was in charge of athletics he promoted the college.
“Sid has been instrumental in elevating Schoolcraft into one of the premier community college athletic departments in the country. And I have no hesitation in saying that. There’s definitely some envy from other schools towards us and what we have going on here. Sid has been at the fore front of all of it,” said Bowling Coach and Athletic Office Clerk Patrick Yelsik.
Fox was offered his current position of Director of Athletics at Schoolcraft in 2005 a job he has held for the past eleven years administering twelve sports. A year ago, he was recognized by his peers in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association as 2015 Athletic Director of the Year.
“Words cannot really describe how it feels to work with someone who is so experienced. I am grateful to not only work with someone who I look up to as a mentor, but is truly one of my friends. My career path would not of led me where I am today, if it wasn’t for his constant motivation and the willingness to always teach. I am consistently learning and growing by being able to be in his presence each day,” said Cali Crawford, the Associate Athletic Director.
The Hall of Fame Induction Dinner has remained one of the most highly regarded events in the Michigan sports and Jewish communities. With this award, Fox will be remembered as someone who has made a difference in the athletic community.