Charles H. Diehl Leadership Award - (Contact Person –Steven Shorter
Presented but not necessarily annually, to an individual who is a member of IAABO Board # 27. This individual must have demonstrated leadership and commitment to the improvement of IAABO Board # 27 as an organization, to assisting others in the knowledge and skill in officiating the game of basketball and who has been committed to the improvement to the game of basketball as a whole.
Charles Diehl had been a member of IAABO Board # 27 since 1953, where he has served in numerous capacities including Board Interpreter for 27 years and is a Life Member of IAABO.
Vincent R. Cronin Award - (Contact Person – Michelle Anzalone (email@example.com)
Presented to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary contribution to the success of the Eastern Massachusetts Board of Basketball Officials
Vincent Cronin was a member of the Eastern Massachusetts Board of Basketball Officials for more than 50 years and served in various capacities including being the Secretary-Treasurer for IAABO Board # 27 for 28 years from 1950-1978. He organized and implemented the first instructional classes for new members and was instrumental in organizing the Massachusetts State Board of IAABO. He is a Life Member of IAABO.
Michael G. Hammond Award - (Contact Persons – Dan O’Neill-Girls (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Oswald Tower Award- (Contact Person –(Bryan Gaine- Boys- (Bgaine30@gmail.com)
Presented annually to the Coach (boys and girls) who exemplifies the highest ethical standards of the Basketball Coaching Profession.
Oswald Tower was the editor of the Official Basketball Guide and the Official Rules Interpreter for the National Basketball Rules Committee from 1915 to 1960, where he served for 50 years from 1910 to 1960. He was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor in 1959.
Edward M. "Smokey" Kelleher Award - (Contact Person –Cliff McLean
Presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the game of Basketball
Edward M. "Smokey" Kelleher for all practical purposes was the founder of IAABO Board # 27. He was the first Secretary-Treasurer of The Eastern Massachusetts Board of Approved Basketball Officials # 27. He was a member of the National Board of Approved Basketball Officials which later became IAABO and was the first President of IAABO serving for two terms.
IAABO School – The scholarship is awarded to members of Board 27, it is intended to provide these members with the opportunity to learn to officiate in an atmosphere that is approved by IAABO. If you are interested in applying please send emails to
Rich Antonelli at email@example.com or Michael Hammond at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org or
Jim Grady at email@example.com