BURBANK — Douglas Howe hasn’t forgotten the times when he and his two brothers would flock to a local park more than 40 years ago as children to avidly take part in recreational sports. No matter the season, the trio would take advantage of the opportunities to play flag football, basketball, baseball and other sports.
As Howe aged, he continued to play various sports. He also believed it was his turn to give back to the next generation of youth, serving as a scorekeeper and umpiring games. The times of keeping score of an event or calling a ball or strike by Howe while associated with the Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Department are now etched in stone.
“You learned about social skills, meeting new people and giving back something after having all of those opportunities,” said Howe, who was one of nine people inducted into the Burbank Athletics Walk of Fame on Saturday at Olive Park. “Nobody gets involved with recreational sports because of a name and a brick.”