John Howard Crocker (D)
Born in 1870 in St. Stephen, John Crocker first had aspirations to become a doctor. But he abandoned that pursuit to accept a position with Toronto’s central YMCA in 1899. Medicine’s loss proved to be Canadian, and international sport’s gain. He worked his way up to become national director of the YMCA. In 1908, he was named manager of the first Canadian Olympic team. He served as secretary of the Canadian Olympic committee from 1922 through 1947 and is considered one of the founding fathers of the Canadian Olympic movement. In 1911, he accepted a position with the YMCA in Shanghai, China and later became that country’s National Physical director. While serving in China, he managed the team which competed in the 1915 Far Eastern Athletic Games. Crocker joined Western University of London, Ont. as director of physical education in 1930, and was instrumental in developing the curriculum of the program. He retired in 1949 with the completion of the construction of Thames Hall, which is still in use. The International Centre for Olympic studies dedicates an annual lecture in his name.
Inducted into the New Brunswick Sports hall of Fame June 10, 2023.
Managed the first Canadian Olympic Team and was honorary manager of Canada's Olympic teams from 1912 to 1956. He was also secretary of the Canadian Olympic Committee from 1922 to 1947.
Founding father of the Canadian Olympic movement and the International Centre for Olympic Studies holds an annual lecture in his name.
John Howard Crocker introduced basketball to Canada through the Canadian YMCA
Was the Director of Physical Education at the University of Western Ontario from 1930 to 1949, where he developed a curriculum for future physical education teachers.