Tony Milan is affectionately known as "Uncle Tony" to an entire generation of athletes who played for his sponsored Wahzoos team. Born August 22, 1933, Milan graduated from Stadium High School in 1952 and Gonzaga University in 1965.
Milan played football and baseball growing up, playing football for Stadium coach Bob Levinson in 1950. Unfortunately his living situation dictated that he give up sports and devote his time to working during his senior year of high school.
Since that time, Milan has played baseball for Pat's Tavern and still participates in recreational sports such as skiing and golf. However, it has been his contributions to the athletic experiences of others that have made him stand out.
Milan always viewed sports as something that was meant to be fun, and he has said that he always admired anyone who gave back to their community. He ensured that both were possible in his Wahzoos teams, after his nieces "twisted his arm" to sponsor the team. As sponsor, he celebrated with the team and attended games, all the while ensuring that they had the equipment and opportunity to compete.
He became active with the Stadium Centennial Foundation after attending a booster club meeting at Stadium High School and discovering that the school needed help funding athletics. His contributions merited the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2006. Tony has also been a longtime member of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, supporting the organization's mission and numerous events in the community.