Ed Olsen spent the majority of his life giving back to the local community.

Now the Hillsboro Recreation District is looking to continue that legacy in Olsen’s name.

The district’s board approved a motion Wednesday night to establish the Ed Olsen Memorial Recreation Fund for area youth.

The fund will primarily be used to provide financial hardship assistance for kids wanting to participate in rec district activities, including summer baseball and girls fastpitch softball.

Those teams participate at Olsen Softball Complex in Hillsboro, named after Ed and former park district board member Vernon Olsen.

Excess funds will be used for equipment upgrades for the district’s teams.

“That name carries a whole bunch of prestige in Hillsboro,” said board member Rob Owens. “His name’s on the field.”

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