Bill Mulliken Legends Award

Bill Mulliken Legends Award
In 2012, ILMSA established the Bill Mulliken Legends Award recognizing an ILMSA member’s outstanding achievements in promoting swimming in Illinois.  The award is named for Bill Mulliken the founder of the Big Shoulders 5K swim.  Mr Mulliken was the 1960 Olympic gold medal winner in the 100 breaststroke.  Started in 1990, Big Shoulders has grown into one of the premier open-water races in the United States.

This award is given to an individual or group that has demonstrated visionary leadership as exhibited by Mr Mulliken’s leadership in the continued growth and success of the Big Shoulders 5K race.  A nominee is focused on promoting the growth of swimming.  Leadership can include but is not limited to:

  • A track record of ongoing accomplishments benefitting Illinois swimmers
  • Willingness to share their experience and expertise to all ILMSA members
  • Innovation and can do attitude
  • Leadership at a club, state or national level
  • A nominee can be is recognized for accomplishments over an extended  period of time
  • The award is open to swimmers, coaches, or volunteers

The award is presented at the ILMSA state meet.  Any member with a current ILMSA/USMS membership is eligible to submit a nominee for this award.  Nominations will be considered for a life time of Masters Swimming achievements.    Nominations can be submitted in a one page letter addressed to the ILMSA Awards and Recognition Chair.  To be considered each nomination letter should include the following information:

  • The nominees name(s), e-mail address, contact telephone number and their club affiliation
  • The nominating person’s name, e-mail address, contact telephone number and club affiliation
  • List the achievements for which they are being nominated
  • The impact that they efforts have had on swimming in Illinois 
  • The results of their efforts 

Nominations must be submitted electronically, preferably via e-mail by the February 1st deadline to: awards @

Past recipients may be nominated for current year service

Past recipients of the Bill Mulliken Legends Award:

2018: Fred Pigott
2017: Aldolph Kiefer
2014: Barry Dayton
2012: Bill Mulliken

*updated 12/30/2019