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Harold W. Tschantz

He refers to himself as a “late bloomer.” While watching a Senior Olympic event at The University of Akron, Harold Tschantz told his wife of 60 years, Martha, “I can beat a lot of these guys.” It wasn’t an idle boast. In 1980, at the age of 69, Tschantz began one of the most successful senior athletic careers in Summit County history. Over the past 14 years, this Akron native who now resides in Cuyahoga Falls, has accumulated 142 medals. Tschantz has captured the gold medal at the Ohio Senior Olympics Championships in the discus eight times, the shot put seven times, the softball throw and bowling twice and the football throw once. His outstanding efforts have qualified him for all four National Senior Olympics Championships held in 1987, ’89, ’91 and ’93. Unprecedented in Summit County history, Harold has captured gold medals in his age bracket at all four Nationals – winning the discus three times and the shot put once. In addition, he also won a silver medal in the discus and bronze in the javelin. By virtue of his past accomplishments, Tschantz has already qualified to compete in the 1995 and ’97 National events. He attributes his success to a lifelong devotion to sports – golf, baseball, basketball and bowing – “for the pure pleasure of it.”

Inducted 1994 | Track & Field