October 2005 – The National Wheelchair Softball Association mourns the loss of past commissioner Jon Speake who passed away in his home after a brief and painful battle with terminal lung cancer. Jon is best remembered for his unyielding commitment to enhancing the sport of wheelchair softball and acting as NWSA’s commissioner for an unprecedented three 7-year terms. Through Jon’s tenure, the sport has grown to include over 30 established softball teams throughout the country, excelled the level of competition at the national tournament and created successful relationships with Major League Baseball.
Jon battled a post-polio disability since early childhood leaving him to utilize a wheelchair for his main source of mobility. Outside of his commitment toward softball, Jon was an active organizer and participant in other sports such as track and field and basketball. Through his lifetime, Jon mentored countless individuals with disabilities to lead successful and independent lives through the medium of competition.
October 2005 – The NWBA regrets to announce Southwest Minnesota State University head coach and NWSA Hall Of Fame member has passed away.Dale passed away after a long battle with bladder cancer.