Acts of Excellence Celebrated in Rapid City – Bob & Jim Phillips Restore Awards

KEVN News: Rapid City 

Wednesday a few locals were recognized by the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame honored these individuals from the Black Hills at the Acts of Excellence Celebration.

Some honorees fed the homeless and some created innovative technology.

Jim Phillips was recognized for “preserving history” by restoring 84 trophies from Lead and Deadwood High Schools to their former glory.

The oldest trophy dated back to 1908 and the most recent trophy was from 2008.

Jim Phillips says, “Feels great to see those things back. I bought the West River championship trophy that the kids won in 1963 and you know seeing all those trophies that all those kids worked so hard to win, it brings back a lot of memories. I’ve pretty much been associated with swimming all of my life so it’s a great feeling to be honored by the Hall of Fame.”

Phillips says all of the trophies and plaques from swimming to basketball to the debate team are on display at the Deadwood Recreation and Aquatic Center at 105 Sherman Street.

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