From Staff Reports
FROM STAFF REPORTS
CUMBERLAND — George “Joe” Wolfe may not have written the book on basketball officiating, but he knows it better than most everyone else.
Wolfe, who began officiating games while in high school and has more than 50 years of service in officiating, will receive the Chick Snyder Lifetime Award for Refereeing at the Dapper Dan Awards Dinner on Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m., at the Ali Ghan Shrine Club.
Wolfe began his officiating career by working YMCA Sunday School and Catholic Youth league games as a high schooler, then began officiating high school games in 1956, and also worked high school sectional, regional and state tournament games as well as Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament games.
He moved up to junior college and began officiating West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games in 1960.
Wolfe has been a rules interpreter and trainer of officials for more than 30 years for the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) Board 204, and was hired as an observer of officials for the NCAA Division I Patriot League, a position he held for 12 years.
Along the way, Wolfe has been recognized for outstanding and dedicated work by many organizations. He received a Meritorious Award from the West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Commission in 1984; the YMCA Sunday School League’s Down Through the Years Award in 1985; an Outstanding Service and Unselfish Devotion award from the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Association in 1989, and life membership to the IAABO for outstanding contributions to the game of basketball in 1993.
For tickets to the Dapper Dan Awards Banquet, call 301-722-5490.