Morris Glimcher has impacted the sports scene from the smallest Manitoba communities to the bandy rinks of Russia and many points in between. Simply put, he is everything you would want in a sports builder.
High school sport is where Glimcher made his biggest mark. He took over as executive director of the Manitoba High School Athletic Association in 1975 and still holds the position at the time of his induction, making him the longest serving executive director in Canada. He was also a member of the National Federation of State High School Association's drug and alcohol national committee, as well as its citizenship and sportsmanship committees.
Glimcher was awarded an NFHS citation in 2003 in Chicago for his efforts in supporting high school sport. He is the only Canadian to have ever been recognized by the NFHS.
"I have always enjoyed sports administration, and it has become a passion for me," Glimcher said. "The coaches put in hundreds of hours and work tirelessly to do great things for kids, and I try to support them as much as I can."
If there's one sport in particular to which Glimcher is tied, it's bandy. He is not only the president of Bandy Canada, but he is also its founder. He was the vice-president of the Federation of International Bandy from 1990 to 2005 and continues to serve as an executive committee member. No job was too small for Glimcher, who travelled to the world championships with the Winnipeg-based national teams and provided the results to the media back in Manitoba.
His career has taken him to Sweden, where he had lunch with the King Carl Gustaf, to Russia, where he got to go inside the Kremlin, and also to Norway, Finland, Hungary, Holland, Latvia, Czech Republic, and Kazakhstan.
There are few areas of the Manitoba sports scene Glimcher didn't touch. He brought Bobby Knight to Winnipeg for a basketball coaches' clinic in 1974 and kept in touch with the legendary hoops coach. He was the media chair for the 1990 Western Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. He was a member of Manitoba's mission staff for the 1979 Canada Winter Games in Brandon and 1995 Canada Winter Games in Grand Prairie, Alta. He has been the president of the Manitoba Ball Hockey Association and Manitoba Floorball Association. He was inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame with the University of Manitoba Junior Bisons team in 1993. He was also inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 for his role as manager of the Nicolett Inn senior men's basketball team.
Basically, Glimcher has often been there for the little guy, making sure sports that don't always get headlines still get their due. The man who started out as the manager of the St. John's High School basketball team is a passionate promoter of every sport in which he's involved, and as the recipient of the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association's Good Guy Award in 1987, the media can never say no the man known by many as Mo.