Dreams & Efforts Create Soccer Complex
think the town where you live is what you make of
name Tom Halloran is synonymous with soccer around the
Danville area. Tom Halloran, MD, is an internal medicine
specialist with Carle Clinic and a member of the medical
staff at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center. He
has given back to his community many times over through
his involvement with the Danville Area Soccer complex.
Halloran's dreams and efforts were at the forefront
of both the planning and construction of this complex,
as well as the dedication ceremony on September 12.
Even though Dr. Halloran is the field development chairman
of this project, his whole family is very involved in
the soccer effort, including his wife, Darlene, and
children Patrick, 14; Kate, 17; and John, 20. Dr. Halloran
and his family have lived in Danville for nearly 14
Involved in the Community
"I think the town where you live is what you make of
it," he says. Wherever Dr. Halloran and his wife have
lived, they have tried to keep involved in the community.
He is also on the United Way Board, and was formerly
active in the Heart Association Board and the Great
American Smokeout through the American Cancer Society.
"A lot of what I do is thinking about it. When you have
a project like this soccer field, the key is to get
people who know what they are doing to help," says Dr.
key is to get people who know what they are doing to
is indeed what Dr. Halloran did. Local contractors and
builders donated their expertise and materials, a local
grocery store provided soft drinks for the dedication
day, and countless individuals gave of their time and
talent to make this project a reality.
are more than 1,200 youths playing soccer in Vermilion
County. Dr. Halloran says, "No matter how good they
are, the kids can feel like they really participate
when they are playing soccer. It's a good sport for
both boys and girls."
could be more rewarding than seeing the complex come
to life on opening day, September 12, 1998, when more
than 2,000 soccer players, families, local residents
and public officials enjoyed the kickoff celebration
with games, parachute landings, marching band music
and speeches. The eight fields, concession and restroom
areas, and parking lots that were dedicated will be
enjoyed for years to come by the people of the Danville
area. Dr. Halloran's vision had come true.
new fields and buildings cost about half a million dollars.
The land is leased from the school district and the
City of Danville. All the money and the labor came from
local sources, including many businesses, professionals,
corporations and individuals, with welcome help from
grants from the United States Soccer Federation and
the State of Illinois.
says, "You get into it for your kids," and admits he
never played a game of soccer before coming to Danville.
Today, Dr. Halloran is totally immersed in the sport.
He is also a soccer coach. Last season he led the Danville
Soccer Club's under-14 team through a successful season
with six wins and only two losses.