NORMAL — Longtime public address voice of Illinois State men’s basketball and Illinois State Athletics Percy Family Hall of Famer Steve Adams will be honored with the Missouri Valley Conference Most Courageous Award on Sunday when the ISU men’s basketball team faces Lewis in an exhibition game at Redbird Arena.
The Missouri Valley Conference presents the Most Courageous Award to a past or present student-athlete, coach or university administrator who demonstrates unusual courage in the face of personal illness, adversity or tragedy and whose behavior reflects honor on the institution or the conference.
Individuals receiving the award might also have performed heroic feats or inspired others. The award is presented once each year when warranted and this year was presented to several other deserving recipients.
“Steve Adams has been such a big part of Redbird Athletics and we want him to know that the Redbird family and the MVC are there for him and his family,” Illinois State Director of Athletics Larry Lyons said. “His competitive spirit inspires us all and we look forward to hearing his voice in Redbird Arena in the future.”
Adams’ voice has become synonymous with home basketball games. He has volunteered as the public address announcer for Redbird men's basketball for 40 seasons and nearly 600 games. Adams also served as the P.A. announcer for football games until the renovation of Hancock Stadium, working more than 200 games.
Adams spent his entire 35-year career in higher education at Illinois State. He served in major administrative positions in Academic Affairs for nearly three decades. He was Vice President for Student Affairs for the final five years of his formal career at ISU, retiring on June 1, 2011.
In March 2017, Adams was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He is undergoing treatment and is determined to hear the words, “You are cancer free!”