Chuck Miller

chuck miller

Portrait by Robert Howson

Chuck Miller was never an all-star athlete but you don’t always measure ones contribution to a game by goals and assists alone. Miller is one of those quiet, behind-the-scenes tireless workers that make amateur sports thrive.

Miller’s game is lacrosse and he has been involved at all levels through his lifetime. It started back in 1972 when Miller was one of the people responsible for giving birth to the Guelph Minor Lacrosse Association. For the next 28 years he worked tirelessly as a coach, referee and executive board member.

But Miller’s love from the game took him beyond the Guelph city limits. Since 1993 he has been the President of the Ontario Lacrosse Association dealing with issues at all levels of the sport. He also served a term as Vice-President of the Canadian Lacrosse Association. In 2005 he was recognized on a national level when he was awarded the Lester B. Pearson Award in recognition of unselfish dedication, distinguished leadership to the game of lacrosse and development of young Canadians.

Four years earlier he was bestowed the Thomas Tip “Mr. Lacrosse” Award for his contributions to the sport. While national and provincial recognition is nice, it is the work he has done in Guelph that has affected so many. He has done it all from garnering a Junior B franchise for the city in 1994, to starting a senior women’s lacrosse team and a women’s field lacrosse team to sitting as the Chair of the Sports Advisory Council for the City of Guelph. Miller has been relentless in setting the building blocks in place to ensure lacrosse is accessible to the masses.

Inducted into the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame – Builder category – on May 10, 2006