Donald S. Ackerman

AckermanDonnie, as he is called or “Ack” grew up in Canastota and graduated in 1962.

Donnie’s love for sports showed in his athletic accomplishments while in high school. He played three sports in high school and was a League All-Star in basketball, baseball and football. He played as a half-back on the 1961 Tri-Valley football championship team. In that year, he was also named the Tri-Valley Player of the Year, a First Team All-State on the Upstate team and a member of the National High School All American Team, all in the sport of football.

Donnie was a member of the New York State National Guard for six years receiving an honorable discharge as a
Sergeant E-5.

He was employed and retired from Oneida Silversmith after 41 years of service. While at Oneida Limited, as Director of Recreation, Donnie was instrumental in negotiating an agreement with the Rome YMCA to bring a satellite to the CAC in Sherrill. Due to the success of the satellite, at the CAC, the YMCA made the decision to build the Tri-Valley YMCA in Oneida, New York.

For over thirty years he was one of the voices of sports broadcasting and special events at a local radio station, WMCR. He was inducted into the New York State Softball Hall of Fame as a broadcaster for high school sports.

Donnie has had a career as a Professional Boxing Judge since 1983, judging over one thousand fights, including 150 Title Bouts.

He was a member of the Oneida Castle Village Board serving as a Trustee and Deputy MayorAckerman Grad for fifteen years. He also served five years as a member of the Sherrill Community Chest Committee.

In 1993 Donnie, along with Ed Brophy, was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for community service by the Canastota Greater Chamber of Commerce.

Donnie has devoted many hours to the community he grew up in and the sport of boxing, which he loves. He has served as President of the IBHOF since 1988 where he and many volunteers devoted their time and energy to creating and building the Boxing Hall of Fame. Donnie was one of the ten members that signed the original mortgage to purchase the property where Canastota proudly has their International Boxing Hall of Fame Museum.