(KMAland) -- The KMA Sports Hall of Fame introduces the Legacy Award.
The Legacy Award was established as a way to highlight individuals and groups that have had major impacts and influences on KMAland athletics. The first recipient of the Legacy Award is the Eberly family from Clarinda.
The Eberlys have operated the Clarinda A's program for 63 years, creating opportunities for athletes in the area and across the nation.
"We are really humbled by the award," Pat Eberly said on Monday's Upon Furhter Review. "Whenever Merl received an award, he thanked family members, the people that worked with him for over 30 years and his advertising people for cooperating so he can do what he did."
"Our community supports the program financially through the board auxiliary members and parents. We couldn't go for 63 years without that. And our alumni have always been supportive."
"The community is just wonderful. The relationships are the greatest. Merl felt this is one way he could give back to the community. The wins and losses were important, but it was also more important to develop a relationship and trust between the players."
Eberly reminisced on several of her top memories, including the 1981 NBC championship.
"That really sealed the deal," she said. "As some of our players have said, going to the World Series in Wichita is as close as they will get to the College World Series. It really showcases the team and the community."
Listen to the complete interview with Eberly here. View below the complete list of KMA Sports Hall of Fame members for the 2017-18 class, and be on the look out for upcoming induction ceremonies in your area.
2017-18 KMA Sports Hall of Fame
Monday, August 28th — Eberly Family (Legacy Award)