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Kloska’s legacy a part of events at university

April 20, 2012
The Herald-Star

Those who attend any of the events of Saturday's Robert J. Kloska Community Day at the Franciscan University of Steubenville will have the chance to participate in day of family friendly fun while enjoying sporting events.

They also will have the chance to remember what an important role Kloska played at the university and in our community.

The sixth-annual event will include clinics in softball, women's volleyball, tennis, soccer and basketball. Visitors to the campus also will be able to watch the university's softball team take on Medaille College in a doubleheader, with the first game scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and will be able to participate in drawings for several prizes.

The day will conclude at the Finnegan Fieldhouse, where members of the Pittsburgh Steelers will face a team made up of local high school coaches and employees from the university and Wal-Mart in a charity basketball game sponsored by the Wal-Mart Distribution Center. Doors to the fieldhouse will open at 5:30 p.m. for the game.

Admission to the game is $7, will all proceeds benefiting the West Virginia Children's Miracle Network.

It figures to be a day of fun, and one that would not be possible if it weren't for the efforts of Kloska, a 1958 graduate of the then-College of Steubenville, who became the school's first athletic director in 1960. The school's intercollegiate and intramural sports programs grew during his tenure, which ended in 1972.

A full-time foreman at the Weirton Steel Corp., Kloska, who died of cancer in 1993 at the age of 64, was heavily involved in community activities. He served as athletic director at the former Holy Rosary Grade School, as an assistant athletic director at Steubenville High School and as president of the Steubenville Board of Parks and Recreation. He coached the Mets of the Steubenville Little League and was a member of the Steubenville Umpires Association.

He coached a college all-star baseball team that played in what is believed to have been the last baseball game ever played in Pittsburgh's Forbes Field, worked as a sports writer for the Herald-Star and The Intelligencer of Wheeling and also found time to raise a family with his wife, Terry, who died in 2009.

We're thankful the university has teamed with sponsors Trinity Health System, DPS Penn, the Herald-Star and WTOV-TV to present this year's Kloska Community Day. It's a fitting way to preserve memories while looking to the future.

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