Gerald Hurley has long been dedicated to enriching the Riverside community through sports and physical activities. Serving over 30 years in the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, he helped supervise and implement programs at seven community centers across the city, providing afterschool programs, youth sports opportunities, and holiday celebrations to local Riverside families. He also supervised Project BRIDGE, a gang intervention program that provided direct services to participants and their families, in partnership with the Riverside Police Department, social services, and community residents.
In addition to his responsibilities and work with city community centers, Gerald supervised numerous city-wide special events, including youth and adult sports leagues, Concerts-in-the-Park, the city’s 4th of July Celebration, Movies-in-the-Park, Motown Review, the Riverside Corporate Games, and the Riverside Sport Hall of Fame (RSHOF). In fact, Gerald has been a member of the RSHOF Executive Board for over 20 years and recently completed his term as its President.
Gerald’s passion for Riverside has also extended to education. He’s served in a variety of roles to support local universities, including as a member of UCR’s Baseball Boosters, Riverside City College’s Tigerbackers Support Group, and La Sierra University’s Athletics Subcommittee and Foundation Board. He has also given time to support the American Cancer Society and Riverside Community Health Foundation.
With his dedicated, passionate support of athletics at all levels of the Riverside community, and his active leadership and support of Riverside community programs and non-profits, the California Inland Empire Council’s Mt. Rubidoux District is proud to recognize Gerald Hurley with our 2024 Distinguished Citizen Award.