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Crabb earns award

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Late in December, former Clay County resident and current Indiana University Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities Chuck Crabb was offered the opportunity to travel with the IU Cheerleading squad to Orlando, Fla., for the Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance National Championships.

Crabb, however, had others things on his mind.

Because of his position, Crabb said he planned to stay in Bloomington.

But representatives with the association pressed Crabb to attend the event, which took place at Disney World.

They wanted him to attend and pleaded with him to do so because he was going to be named the sixth recipient of the Col. Gene Moeller Award.

The award is given annually to university administrators who have made an impact on the collegiate level of cheerleading, dance and mascots. The former Times' Editor was the sixth recipient of the award.

Crabb told The Brazil Times he has been involved with the IU cheerleading program for approximately 30 years, either as a coach, advisor or administrator.

"When I first started with the program, it was simply being asked by the athletic director to drive the cheerleaders (to football games)," Crabb said.

"Apparently, I related well with the kids and they appreciated the consideration," he continued.

At the time, then IU Athletic Director Ralph Floyd was asked by the cheerleaders to make Crabb the group's advisor.

He's been involved since.

"In 1979, we had five males, five females and two alternates," Crabb said. "Our cheerleading program is now 22 on the Co-Ed squad and 34 on the all-female squad."

Currently, Crabb serves as administrator of the squads. There are four coaches working with the cheerleaders at IU.

Crabb said Moeller worked "behind the scenes," like himself.

"I was very humbled to receive this award," Crabb said. "Being on the competition mat, receiving the award meant a great deal to me. It's in recognition of 30 years of helping our program function and grow and represent Indiana University in a quality fashion."

Crabb has been with Indiana University for more than 30 years. Initially, he began as a sports promotion director and was named Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities Management in 1990.

He also spent 29 years as public address announcer for IU athletics and was the arena announcer in "Blue Chips," a basketball movie starring Nick Nolte and Shaquille O'Neal.

Crabb served as Managing Editor of The Brazil Times from 1974-76.

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You make the Class of '69 proud, Chuck!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 10:45 AM

He was also public address announcer "The Voice Of The Big Red" (Devils) at Brazil High School

-- Posted by IndianaJim on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 11:27 AM

Congratulations Chuck, you make Brazil proud.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 11:35 AM

Good things happen,to good people. GREAT job chuck!! checkmate

-- Posted by checkmate on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 1:47 PM

What a great story for a great person. It's great to read about something good about one of our own. Congratulations Chuck!!!!!!!!

Vicky HOWARD Young

BHS Class of 71

-- Posted by Former Brazilian on Sun, Jan 24, 2010, at 8:49 PM

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