Selections for the 2012 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame have been made, and among those names is a familiar face from the Camdenton sidelines.
Dr. Chris Leslie, of Camdenton, was selected by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame to be inducted. The announcement of Leslie's induction was, according to Leslie "totally unexpected, I was overwhelmed."
A graduate of Jefferson City High School, Southern Methodist University and Kirksville College of Osteopathy, Dr. Chris Leslie was the team physician for the Camdenton R-III School District for 23 years. He provided on-field care for the school’s athletes and offered preventative care in the offseason.
While Leslie is being inducted for his work with the Camdenton Lakers, it was his father's influence who led him to both his career in medicine and his involvement in sports.
Leslie was six years old when his father, James, also a physician and Hall of Famer, took his son to his first Jefferson City Jays football game. At the time, the Jays were coached by Pete Adkins. From the sidelines, Leslie watched his father work with the members of the team, a team which Leslie would later play for during his high school football career as a quarterback under Adkins.
In addition to playing quarterback for the Jays, Chris participated in the AAU swimming program throughout his high school years and then became a four-year letterman on the swim team at SMU in Dallas.
Leslie said he started out on the sidelines watching his dad and Adkins, a legendary coach and came full circle when he found himself on the sidelines with yet another legendary coach, Camdenton Lakers coach Bob Shore.
Leslie will not be alone in the Hall of Fame, though. Along with him will be his former coach, Pete Adkins, who is being honored as the 25th Missouri Sports Legend for his longtime work as the Jefferson City Jays head coach. This honor has never been bestowed on a high school coach before, and Adkins will join a long list of Missouri greats, including Stan Musial, Hank Stram, Lamar Hunt and Dick Vermeil.
Adkins worked the sidelines of Jefferson City High School for 37 seasons accumulating a record of 354 - 48 - 2, nine State Championships, and a 71-game winning streak. He has been named Missouri Coach of the Year eight times and was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.
With this honor. Leslie will be joining his father, Adkins and Shore in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on April 14.