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Old 06-29-2011, 07:36 PM   #23
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Rocball creator Jim Feger named Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year
Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:00AM

JAMES “Jim” W. Feger, the creator of rocball, is this year’s recipient of the Rotary Club Citizen of the Year Award.

Rotary Club of Saipan outgoing president Glen V. Perez presented The Citizen of the Year plaque of recognition to Feger “in recognition of his insurmountable vision and effort to the sports community in the CNMI, and for his vision, creativity and his burning desire to make a difference exemplifies the Rotary Club’s definition of an outstanding citizenship.”

Each year, the Rotary Club selects an individual in the community to honor as its citizen of the year. To be considered for the award, an individual must have made long-lasting and valuable contributions toward the improvement of life and the community.

Feger received his plaque during the club’s installation dinner in the Hibiscus Hall of the Fiesta Resort & Spa on Tuesday evening.

Feger said he is happy to have created a CNMI-owned sport recognized by the Public School System.

“Thank you Rotary Club for honoring me for creating something that we can call ours,” he said.

Feger invented and has had the sport of Rocball copyrighted with the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. He was honored in 1997 with a commemorative resolution by the Saipan & Northern Islands Municipal Council for his invention.

It was during the 1997 ceremony of the municipal council that Rocball was identified as “Saipan’s Own Sport”. And, Feger encouraged the community to continue playing rocball and get involved in the sport.

Rocball is a game derivative of volleyball with multiple point scoring techniques, goals at the end of each court; the three point score, and the first team net sport of its kind to develop offensive and defensive scoring.
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