Established in 1958, The Stokes Memorial Award commemorates the memory of Arch Stokes, one of the most beloved and important figures in the history of horseshoe pitching. The award is presented each year to the person who has done the most during the preceding three to five years to promote, foster and build the sport. Arch Stokes was four time president of the N.H.P.A. His efforts rescued the game following World War II and built the courts in Murray, Utah, where the World Tournament was held 13 times.
In July 1994, Dave Loucks, while serving as NHPA President and Newsline Editor, wrote this wonderful article about Arch Stokes. Although more than fifty years have passed, Loucks as a youngster in the sport, made a number of trips to Murray, Utah, so he personally knew the Stokes family and had first hand experience of the work and efforts of Arch Stokes. In his trips to Murray, Utah, Loucks earned three Junior World Championships. There can be no better way to tell the story of the person the award is named for and to introduce those that have been recipients of the award than to repeat the article here.
To nominate a deserving individual please complete this form and mail to the NHPA President