The final individual to be inducted into the Cleveland Parks and Recreation Department Hall Old Timers Hall of Fame during 2019 will be Steve Hixson
The final individual to be inducted into the Cleveland Parks and Recreation Department Hall Old Timers Hall of Fame during 2019 will be Steve Hixson.
Individuals who have had a positive impact on local sports programs, either as a coach or player, are honored.
Inductees who have been announced include Andrew Johnson, Danny Wooden, Chuck Atchley, Dianna Johnson, Ted May, Don Sewell, Ed Foddrill and Ritchie Hughes.
The inductees are recognized at a banquet, which will be held April 26, at the Museum Center at Five Points. This is the 43rd year for the banquet.
The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets, which are $25 each, must be purchased by April 22 and can be picked up at the city Parks and Rec office at 160 2nd St N.E.
Hixson, a native of Cleveland, he attended Arnold School two different times (in the first grade and then again in the seventh and eighth grades). He also attended George R. Stuart.
A 1969 graduate of Cleveland High School, Hixson was voted “Wittiest Student” his senior year. He attended Cleveland State briefly until he was drafted into the Army, where he served in the 93rd Signal Battalion. After his military stint, he attended auctioneer school in High Point, N.C.
Steve Hixson played Little League baseball and youth football. He started playing football in the seventh grade and continued through high school. He had a starting position every year in high school. He was a right guard on offense, nose tackle on defense, center for long snaps, punts, and extra points, and he was also on the kick-off return team.
In 1968, Hixson played on the team that won the first Blue Raiders football championship. The team was also ranked 19th in the nation that year. In 1967, he was voted “All Tri-State.”
Hixson has had a long and successful career in the local business sector. He worked at Benton Pontiac & Buick, the Rolling Hills Golf Club, and was the owner for three years of the Firestone store – then called “Steve Hixson’s Auto Service.”
He has worked for Allan Jones for 24 years, seven months and 13 days (as noted on his retirement watch). He began working for Jones at Credit Bureau Services and later at Jones Management. While at Credit Bureau Services in sales and marketing, he helped Jones grow to 12 offices in Tennessee in Georgia. He eventually became a vice president at Jones Management.
Hixson has been a member of the Cleveland Elks Lodge since 1982. He served as Exalted Ruler twice and as a trustee numerous times. He received several awards at the state level.
He served on the board of MainStreet Cleveland from 2002-08, and was key in planning the Block Party and Christmas Parade. He also served on the Tree Board for the city of Cleveland and was on the start-up committee for Fletcher Park.
Hixson currently serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region, and is also on the executive committee. He was chief volunteer officer twice and started the Cash for Kids annual event, where over $500,000 has been raised to help support various units. Hixson received the Champion of the Youth award and several awards from the national Boys & Girls Clubs.
He is a member of the Bulls & Bears – the oldest investment club in Cleveland. He is a former member of Cleveland Country Club and enjoyed playing golf and participating in tournaments through the years.
He has served as an auctioneer for various civic organization fundraisers and he remains an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He served on the vestry and is on one of three cooking teams for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast, which meets every Friday morning.
Most notably, Hixson serves as the co-host of the “Backfire” radio program he created. The show has an audience across the country, and airs locally every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. on WOOP FM radio.
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